John Calvin, whose birth name is unknown, hails from the West Bank, the largest of the Palestinian territories presently occupied by Israel. His grandfather is a Hamas official. What makes Calvin unique, however, is two fold: he’s gay and a convert to Christianity (from Islam). Due to apparent threats to his life from his family over his religious beliefs, he fled to Canada and then ultimately the U.S. where he received long-awaited asylum. CNN reported on his fascinating story.
Calvin has known much hardship and detention since his youth. While in the West Bank, he believed his father desired to commit an honor killing against him over his desire to convert to Christianity.
His father denies any plans of an honor killing, but reportedly told CNN “the family has a right to retaliate against him” should he return.