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Gay man says life is easier in Pakistan than in the US

Gay man makes controversial statement in an interview with AFP, says he feels more comfortable in Pakistan than the US.

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9th May 2013 17:51

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

There are no gay bars, ‘LGBT rights’ is an unheard phrase and homosexuality is considered to be against the ruling religion – but one gay man has said he finds life easier in Pakistan than in the US.

Qasim, 41, made the controversial statement in an interview with AFP when the reporter met him and his boyfriend Ali in a coffee shop.

‘We can hold hands,’ said Qasim. ‘We can sit casually like this. Nobody gives it a second thought.’ He added that he’s never been insulted in the street in Pakistan, like he was when he lived in the US.

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