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Snapshots of asylum seekers: Balancing homosexuality and religion

By: Danial

“I came to Denmark 11 months ago. My colleagues and family accidently found out that I am gay, and I had to flee from Afghanistan because of that. In Afghanistan I studied theology and I have written five books about my religion, Islam. My religion rejects homosexual desire and I have tried several times to keep it back, because I love my religion. But I realized that it is not possible for me to keep it back, because my sexuality is a big part of me. Now, my personal belief is that I can both be homosexual and religious at the same time, and this is how I balance my life”.

“As a homosexual person I need support and engagement from the place I live and I didn’t get that in Afghanistan. In Denmark, I hope that I can write my opinion about my religion freely. My hope is that I can follow my religion even though I am a homosexual”.

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