Needless to say, being gay and Syrian can be incredibly challenging. Syria is going through indescribable turmoil right now. Thus, I think its important to celebrate two very courageous gay men from Syria: Ahmed Danny Ramadan and Mahmoud Hassino. They both decided to come out publicly which is a huge deal especially because they are still living in the Middle East. I applaud them and thank them for being visible and for the work they are doing to advance the human rights of LGBT Arabs. Ahmed and Mahmoud, thank you for inspiring LGBT youth and for making a difference!

Below you will find information by and about these two amazing human beings :)

Ahmed Danny Ramadan:

A Gay Syrian's Flight: http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/gay-syrian%E2%80%99s-flight

The Burden of Being Gay and Arab in a World that doesn't like Difference: http://dailyxtra.com/world/news/the-burden-gay-and-arab-in-world-doesn%E2%80%99t-like-difference

Coming Out in Syria was Difficult, but New Chosen Family Brings Joy: http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/coming-in-syria-difficult-new-chosen-family-brings-joy

Mahmoud Hassino:

Gays of Syria, Unite!  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/29/gays-of-syria-unite.html

Gays and the Syrian Revolution:  http://gaycitynews.com/gays-and-the-syrian-revolution/

Syrian Gay Guy (blog): http://syriangayguy.wordpress.com/

Mawaleh Magazine: http://mawaleh.net/

The link below addresses the very complicated issue of being gay in a war torn Syria:

Gay Syrian Refugees Fleeing War, Execution, and Torture find Help:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-syrian-refugees-fleeing-war-execution-and-torture-find-help251213