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hi i mohammed from yemen age 24 i gay and i want to be part of lgbt nation and go to united state To represent the Yemenis gays in the United States mobile phone 739466123 thanks, tlg6380@gmail.com
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Yass (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers on 25/05/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, religion
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My name is Yasser , im from a very religious country called Yemen , I'm a
gay and very concern about my safety in my country of origin , im writing
this because im desperate and dont know what to do , I've been through alot
in my country . the tradition cumminty and religion is against me , but now
extremists are following me , a group of religious people(AL-Qaeda) are
killing gays and lesbians in the name of god and Islam they killed several
people some i know and some i don't . the government ignored the situation
because they are the lowest dirtiest disgusting people in Yemeni's believes
. the religious people (AL-Qaeda) they are eliminating gays and lesbians
one by one giving a note to the public and family of the the person who
killed explaining the reason why so i received a threat from individuals
that im going to be next to there list, the threat was after they bit the
shit of me and my best friend because we were with a cute taxi driver and
his friend and we were kissing only kissing ,and when the police came
oh can imagine what the fucking police did the simply arrested me and Samir
and the family knew that im a gay and people are after my head so instead
of protect me my uncle and brothers bit me and lock me in a room while
calling the rest of the family to discuss what to do with me ,, i escape
home with the help of my mother she gave me some money and pushed me to
leave and not to tell any one about my place.
You know our wishes are simple to be safe only
but im worried that my brothers can find me or worse
Advice me please you may save my life by advising me what to do ...
please if any one wants to help contact me oopsyas@gmail.com
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(user currently living in YEMEN) posted for straight readers on 04/04/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights
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I have been moved by all of the stories here. I understand living in Yemen as a homosexual isn't so great and I hope all of the ones who have been abused whether verbally or physically to find a find a way out of this ignorant racist sexist and most of all homophobic country.I might not be homosexual and I'am not going to fake knowing the pain gays and lesbians go through in such countries, I can try to give an advice though. Although this doesn't seem so encouraging and most of you want to live freely but sometimes you just have to disguise your feelings and be extra cautious for your own safety. Living in a country like Yemen isn't so easy, some of us tend to hide our thoughts, feelings, religious views and open mindedness just so we don't get attacked or judged, and I ask you to do the same. If you think being openly gay here is gonna get you anywhere you are wrong,its either gonna get you killed, abused or sent to some other country as a refugee (and the chances of that is VERY low).Some people lost a lot of opportunities and jobs because of their sexuality. Why put up all of that? Why put up with all of the hatred and discrimination when you can keep it to yourself until you find a true solution that wont get you harmed? My advice is to keep it to yourself and the ones you love and trust if you care for you own safety and try your best to leave to a country where you'll be supported and accepted for who you are.
last but not least stay strong. <3
Love, G.A
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I am a gay I am 25 years
from yemen

i cant walk or talk with any one ,
In my community and my family want me sanish
I can not get any chance to work .. I can not walk in the street
my community treats me racist
My family want to get rid of me
Dealing with the community and my family is very difficult
I was working Internet Marketing But my brother made them package me He does not want me get the money
Two years ago, I went to another city , I worked in a hotel receptionist , the work was good .
Two months later, a man from my city ,He told them about me.
I can not continue because of harassment from employees and management.
I Quit
if i want go to the market , everyone look up and down at me ,, i can not stay 5 minutes in the market or Any public place.
,Always thinking Run away to anywhere no one knows me
They want me to commit suicide .. But I do not want .. Also I can not live
in the home They do not let me sleep and They tortured me psychological torture
In fact, I do not feel I am a human ,They look to me as a metamorphosis or a freak
my family treat me As a person stinking and some time as a slave
I'm scared to death , from my family , every day i thinking what they will do in the next day.
they torment me
I suffer from psychological problems.
i want runaway
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Hi,

I'm really sorry to ear that things from a human.
Not because you're gay, but because your family is really egoist and stupid, ignorant in front of the fact that you love someone of your same-sex. I know (if I don't know wrong) in YEMEN it's illegal and it's punish with the death to have an "act against nature".

Really, I don't know what you're feeling in this moment, but don't realize the dream of your family. Don't kill yourself. You're beatiful and law, family or parents can't make you worst. You are a person, a beatiful persone like anyone else. Move to another country and fight for yours, because in YEMEN I think it's impossibile to... fight, or something else. I don't know, but don' kill yourself, continue to hope, and think positive. You can make the difference. You can move foward in all of these negative thing. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THEM. Don't do they're crazy suggesting crap.

Bye, It gets Better,
Giorgio
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esam (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 16/12/2013 tagged with tourism, at the work place, adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights
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I am a gay I am 25 years



i cant walk or talk with any one ,
In my community and my family want me sanish
I can not get any chance to work .. I can not walk in the street
my community treats me racist
My family want to get rid of me
Dealing with the community and my family is very difficult
I was working Internet Marketing But my brother made them package me He does not want me get the money
Two years ago, I went to another city , I worked in a hotel receptionist , the work was good .
Two months later, a man from my city ,He told them about me.
I can not continue because of harassment from employees and management.
I Quit
if i want go to the market , everyone look up and down at me ,, i can not stay 5 minutes in the market or Any public place.
,Always thinking Run away to anywhere no one knows me
They want me to commit suicide .. But I do not want .. Also I can not live
in the home They do not let me sleep and They tortured me psychological torture
In fact, I do not feel I am a human ,They look to me as a metamorphosis or a freak
my family treat me As a person stinking and some time as a slave
I'm scared to death , from my family , every day i thinking what they will do in the next day.
they torment me
I suffer from psychological problems.
? I do not no what i can do
my email anyo848@gmail.com
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esam (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers on 16/12/2013 tagged with at the work place, adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, religion
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I am a gay I am 25 years



i cant walk or talk with any one ,
In my community and my family want me sanish
I can not get any chance to work .. I can not walk in the street
my community treats me racist
My family want to get rid of me
Dealing with the community and my family is very difficult
I was working Internet Marketing But my brother made them package me He does not want me get the money
Two years ago, I went to another city , I worked in a hotel receptionist , the work was good .
Two months later, a man from my city ,He told them about me.
I can not continue because of harassment from employees and management.
I Quit
if i want go to the market , everyone look up and down at me ,, i can not stay 5 minutes in the market or Any public place.
,Always thinking Run away to anywhere no one knows me
They want me to commit suicide .. But I do not want .. Also I can not live
in the home They do not let me sleep and They tortured me psychological torture
In fact, I do not feel I am a human ,They look to me as a metamorphosis or a freak
my family treat me As a person stinking and some time as a slave
I'm scared to death , from my family , every day i thinking what they will do in the next day.
they torment me
I suffer from psychological problems.
? I do not no what i can do
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posted for gay readers on 12/05/2013 +5
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my name is MR Y i live in yemen in a city called Abyen .. from a good famliy a good trip aswell ... this is part of what i faced and still facing in yemen..when i was seventeen i felt in love with a handsom guy who was four years older than i .. I didnt care about any thing but to have his attention then after some time we started to talking and sitting in hidden places yallies .. just to make sure that no one will see him sitting or talking to me .. it didnt bother me the fact he is ashamed of me no. not at all couse i was just in love with the guy .. i saw in him what was missing in my life to be loved ... On day i decided to finally give him what he always asked me for (spending a nigth) it was magical i felt my heart would stop . just if i knew that i put my trust and my life i the hand of a non worthy one becouse the second time we met at his house he made to of his friend hide in a room white we doing xxx in the next one the so they rape me the three of them tried to scream but i couldnt couse people will find out that i am a gay but the three wouldnot and wont be punished becouse the are simply muscular than me and they dont act like girl .... after the bit me they took a photoes of me and the started to publish it ... people spite in my face threw stones and curs me but i swear i can deal with them but i cant deal with my mother tears disapointment and humilation .... ..................... then religouse people tryed to hunt me down to punish me , so my mother helped me to escape and since that day i didnt call her that was four years ago and still hidding from my brothers and family fearing only to killed not knowing or feeling two things ..to be free .... and respected ........
sorry my english not that great .......thanx
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posted for lesbian readers on 23/04/2013
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Hi I'm a lesbian from Yemen Aden,I'm a lawyer and i know what punishment waits for lesbians and gay people if they had sex .. i know whats my punishment.
its men world even when it come to this gay people get less punishment than lesbians i can get to 2 years in jail when gay can get to one year..of curse that if you weren't married and that if you could escape from your family's punishment ,they have a right by the law to kill me for having sex.
i loved a girl who's lesbian too but married if any one of her family knew she will be dead,i try to be careful but shes not,I'm afraid to cause her pain or something worse .. i cant ask for asylum unless i traveled to another country that support lgbt rights .. and i can't continue living like this without right to have the woman i love n protect her.
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sam (user currently living in JORDAN) posted for gay readers on 23/04/2012 tagged with at the work place, laws and leadership , sexual orientation
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i am a Yemeni guy , i am 24 years old, live in Aden, and finished studying in Jordan this year, i am taking a training to stay as possible as i can but i can't tolerate the cost of my sitting abroad, plus i can't come back to my country Yemen to live a normal life while i am gay, in Yemen all the community have a bad look at gay people, they don't respect us at all, and if u are not strong enough to shout on the community face(( no one did so)), most gay had bad stories as me, abusing, beating, and abundance from family, friends and all people talk on you as a shame, because we are gay, i am still waiting to my destiny to change and have my rights i can't go back to my country i feel scare of what is going to happen to me if anyone knows i am gay, and i can't to stay in Jordan for more time i can tolerate one month else but no more. this is my short story while i have lot of stories.
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yemeniguy (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers on 23/01/2012
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my story is that i am a gay i can't run away from my feelings and my life, and i can't live in a country that has no rights for gay i am 25 years old, i scare of my community, from my family, and my friends, i hide the truth i am gay from all people exept who are gay, i need a help to live a real life , a life has equality between all people, i want to love and be loved without being scared from my truth but in my country i can't, now i finished my studies at Jordan in the middle east and the life is tough in Yemen while i will come back this year on Feb. i am still afraid if any one knew from my family or relative that i am gay and i can't say yes or no, my community so religious and traditional and hope i can't find a real life to live without fear.
this is my email for contact
loai_mulla@hotmai.com
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yemeniguy (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers on 23/01/2012
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my story is that i am a gay i can't run away from my feelings and my life, and i can't live in a country that has no rights for gay i am 25 years old, i scare of my community, from my family, and my friends, i hide the truth i am gay from all people exept who are gay, i need a help to live a real life , a life has equality between all people, i want to love and be loved without being scared from my truth but in my country i can't, now i finished my studies at jordan in the middle east and the life is tough in yemen while i will come back this year on feb. i am still afraid if any one knew from my family or relative that i am gay and i can't say yes or no, my community so religious and traditional and hope i can't find a real life to live without fear.
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Maher (user currently living in YEMEN) posted for gay readers on 27/04/2010 tagged with at the work place, health, gender identity, sexual orientation, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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Dear Sir


Greetings
my name is Maher , I'm Yemeni boy 19 old years i live in Yemen-Sana'a

I lost my family and friends and community when they hear that I'm Gay .i left home year ago when father tried to kill me

, currently I come out from prison i have been jailed from Sept last time till 13th of Jan really i have been raped and hited and

i was sick at prison without no care not medicine. anyway i was patient


I went to many originations in here Yemen and when i told them about
my case they're jeering at me and tell me go home and let your father forgive you
.now I'm following about by Yemeni tribes trying to kill me and searching about me and I'm escaping from city to city ,

also there is a press following my case and put about me in news paper and they don't get photo of me yet

if they go photo of me and put it on press it will be my end of my life everybody will follow me and trying to get wage as you know I'm a Muslim and i live in Muslim country and they don't accept like this


I hate this life and I don't want to live like this again i lost my future and my childhood and everyone in my age has it

I'm trying to make my decision .


many thanks for your attention and your time

regards
Maher
+967.735614997
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