Here is a balanced and intelligent report about gay life in urban Pakistan today. Too often the news from Pakistan is about political and social violence, but behind the headlines and hysteria are many quiet lives going about their affairs with hardly any notice, including homosexual affections and love. Gay Pakistan: Where sex is
Pakistan has witnessed invasions and settlement by the Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Afghans, Mongols and the British. It was a part of British Raj from 1858 to 1947, when the Pakistan Movement resulted in the independence and creation of the state of Pakistan. The country is the sixth most populous country in the world and has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. The Pakistani armed forces are the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping efforts, with more than 10,000 personnel deployed in 2007. Being gay is considered a taboo vice and gay rights are close to non-existent. Laws are harsh yet go unopposed in most cases. If individual orientation and acceptance isn’t enough, young boys in some cases are forced to delve into sexual activities with older men. Read More. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality
Pakistani gay says life easier at home than in USA; culture helps mask same-sex affection Qasim and his partner Ali are in love and live together. They talk about going abroad to marry, but the only weddings they attend in Pakistan are arranged unions between their gay friends and unsuspecting women. Despite that, “it’s
As a gay man confessing to being slightly homophobic, Karim nonetheless seems very comfortable with his identity. He says he was conscious of his queerness from an early age, and thus has had time to acknowledge his identity and process it. Despite his ease, however, social acceptance seems far from imminent. By Hira Nabi January
Muhajid Ali Tipu and Abdul Wahab Butt have been in love since they were in high school. However, they were never publicly allowed to show their affection for each other because of the conservative social norms of Pakistani society. Here is an interview with two Gay Youths from Pakistan. http://lgbtasiamideast.wordpress.com/category/gay-pakistan/ July 1, 2011 LGBT-Pak
Introduction Three native Pakistani men write about living inside their sexually ambivalent culture where gay men live behind masks and love in secret. There is a gay subculture in Pakistan but it is virtually invisible and exists only by word of mouth and in furtive situations–in nighttime parks, discrete parties and in one’s imagination or
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