Subhi’s Story

Subhi Nahas, a 28-year-old refugee from Syria (right), walks with his American partner, Mark Averett, in the Castro District of San Francisco. © UNHCR/Nick Otto

Subhi Nahas, a 28-year-old refugee from Syria (right), walks with his American partner, Mark Averett, in the Castro District of San Francisco. © UNHCR/Nick Otto

Being gay is not easy. If even of the western countries it keeps existing certain repulsion and homophobia, like the news constantly remember us, the situation aggravates in certain countries with Arabic majority or, maybe other religions, but where the population keeps definitely linked to old traditions and not open to different cultural issues. Let’s arrive direct to the point, to be gay is not any illness or psychiatric problem, neither a deviation. It is well documented from the times of Aristotle and Plato that on those times it existed these communities so, it is not anything new. It has always being there between us. Other stuff is certain people wanted to look to other side and to make fall that knowledge on the oblivion.

Here, there is an interesting story from a boy whom had to fled from Syria, not for war causes if not earlier, for his sexual orientation. The story of Subhi is sad, he did not even had the support of his own family and he had to look for his own path knocking by his own the doors of strangers he had never met. Actually, he enjoys a life on San Francisco; a life which probably could have never enjoyed if he had kept still and without to move an inch for what he really mattered to him: reaffirm his identity and to be free. Please, read the story, and get inspired. Do not forget to keep fighting for what you really believe even if that seems impossible it is not. The same word says it is possible everything.

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