Each day, we move towards a world of more love and acceptance, and this young Muslim couple wants to prove that you can be gay and Muslim.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, and Sean Rogan, 19, got married in the Walsall registry office in Walsall, England. They both wore traditional Bangladeshi wedding clothes.
The story of how these two met seem to prove how powerful fate and the universe really is. Choudhury was sitting on a bench crying, considering taking his own life. Rogan went up to him and talked to him, and the two became a couple shortly after. Rogan seriously saved Choudhury's life and brought him the kind of special love he deserves.
Homosexuality is taboo in Islam, and not accepted. Many times family members and entire communities will ostracize those they know and even care for if they are homosexual. After attending the same mosque for 15 years, Choudhury was no longer allowed in after coming out. He was also beat by other Muslim males.
Choudhury talked about his experience growing up gay and Muslim. He told Express and Star, a newspaper in Britain,
"I stood out like a sore thumb - I never liked football, I preferred watching fashion shows on TV. I remember feeling trapped. It went all over school, people would spit on me, empty the rubbish bins on me, call me pig and the Muslim people would shout "harum" - which is a very nasty insult in my language.
The wedding showed that love still always prevails, and Choudhury also shared that some of his family members did attend the wedding, including his mother, sister, older brother, and cousin. He talked about his mother's support, and how much of a difference she has made in his life.
Both young men have been sent several death threats, but still, they believe in the power of their love and encourage others to be who they really are. Choudhury told Express and Star,
I want to say to all people going through the same thing that’s it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.
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