Two men have said ‘I do’ in the first ever gay Muslim wedding in the UK.
24-year-old Jahed Choudhury and his partner Sean Rogan got hitched at Walsall registry office after two years of being together.
“I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay,” Jahed told Express and Star, recalling the time they met.
Despite the happy occasion Jahed’s family were not present, believing that their son’s sexual orientation and relationship with Sean is ‘a disease’, the Express and Star reports.
The 24-year-old admitted that he feels like the ‘black sheep’ of his family and that he ‘stood out like a sore thumb’, which led him to try medication to try to his sexuality.
“I stood out like a sore thumb – I never liked football, I preferred watching fashion shows on TV. I remember feeling trapped,” he said. “It went all over school, people would spit on me, empty the rubbish bins on me, call me pig and the Muslim people would shout ‘harum’ – which is a very nasty insult in my language.
“I tried killing myself and I then met Sean. The housing association got us a house in a week and we’ve been living together ever since. I proposed on Sean’s birthday last June.”
“My family doesn’t want to come on the day, they just don’t want to see it, it’s too embarrassing for them,” he said. “I want to say to all people going through the same thing that’s it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.”
Jahed believes his and Sean’s marriage is a step in the right direction for the Muslim and LGBT communities.
Congratulations Jahed and Sean.
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