Orlando Massacre Leaves Gay Muslims Weighing Risks

After Orlando, gay Muslims in the Middle East are urging one another to discuss the shooting with their families to determine if it's safe to come out.

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The intersection of the two twisted ideologies is provoking gay Muslims around the world to consider coming out with new urgency—even in places where being gay is still a crime.

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In the wake of the violence, which left 50 people dead on Sunday including the shooter, one Twitter user identifying himself as a Saudi LGBT activist, Sami, described the assault an opportunity to “throw bait.” He urged his followers on the social platform to discuss the violence with their friends and family “and see if they show solidarity with the homosexuals or show solidarity with terror.”

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