Islamic Heritage Month: Afghanistan LGBT community living under threat of death

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, rarely discussed in the media and widely condemned as immoral and un-Islamic. As a result there are no statistics indicating the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the country.

The BBC spoke to four Afghans with different sexual orientations. All told stories of a life in hiding, but all were determined to stand by their identity. All names in the article have been changed for safety reasons.

Zainab is 19 years old and lives at home. But her parents and siblings have no idea what she feels.

“I was 15 or 16 when I realised that I had a dislike towards men,” she says.

“I was working in a beauty salon. There were lots of girls around me and it was then I realised I fancied girls more than boys.”

  • ontario john

    Happy Islamic Heritage Month to Afghanistan, from the parliament of Ontario!!

    • Linda1000

      You must be so proud that Ontario is the first and I think only province so far to have so many exciting “diversity” months – Pride Month, Islamic Month, etc. So progressive, wonder what’s next – maybe Green Energy month – nah, too boring? 🙂

      • Justin St.Denis

        Duh! Disabled Gay Monkeys Month, naturally! What year is it where you live?

  • canminuteman

    If I was a muslim woman and I had to deal with muslim men, I think I’d prefer women as well.

    • Linda1000

      Jeepers, I think I’d rather deal with BillyHW than muslim men. Their women can be every bit as nasty as the men from stories I’ve heard.

      • Alain


      • Justin St.Denis

        I suspect Billy might be quite gallant.

  • FactsWillOut

    Pick up a gun and fight them, you useless bimbo.
    Stop whining to the west. We have our own problems.

  • Ed

    That’s a direct Hillary quote?

    “I was working in a beauty salon. There were lots of girls around me and it was then I realised I fancied girls more than boys.”

  • DMB

    Homosexuality is wide spread and culturally acceptable in Afghan society as long as it is with an adult male with a young boy which they call bacha bazi (boy playing).
    The boy first has to dress up and dance in front of grown men in order to sexually arouse them then he is taken by a chosen man to be sodomized.

  • Gary

    Since Susan G Cole refuses to condemn Hamas , Iran, Wahhabism and the spreading of Sharia in Ontario by Wynne and Barbara Halll… time to load this obese Jewsih Lesbian into a C-141 Globe Master and drop her into one of the utopic islamic hell-hole she loves so much to what REAL homophobes are like when they hold a Quran and are devout.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I know Cole is stupid, but have never seen a photo of her. Not surprised to learn she is fat and ugly, too.

      • Gary

        I just happened to be visiting a place with a friend right at the time Cope was leaving. My friend knew her from past visits and said hi , Cole was with her spouse that seemed to be the Dominated partner for being smaller and really thin.
        Seems that Feminists are OK when Lesbians have an Oppressive spouse earning the money as the oppressed partner submits and keeps quiet about physical abuse or any psychological abuse.
        Women have the highest rates for murdering children. Among those the vast majority are related to the victims.
        Yet Barbara Hall thought is was a good idea to let Lesbians marry and raise children when the STATS show that having 2 Mothers will double the risks for the child being killed.
        During a divorce for a heterosexual couple we see how the Judge will often give custody to the Mother or female custodian because the male is unfit as a single parent.
        Yet once again Barbara Hall let gay men marry and adopt children as we saw for George Smithemen with 2 kids . But his abuse to his spouse drove him to suicide and now George has 2 children as a single male Parent.

        So 2 women can be Mothers , 2 men can be fathers, but a STR8 Father is unfit to raise his own child after a divorce so the child goes to the Mother.

        THAT’S how messed up Canada has become.

        I won’t be shocked if I read the Cole was arrested for domestic abuse or infanticide.