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Gay sex thrives in most unlikely place: Pakistan Comment on this post ↓
August 28th, 2013 by Warren Swil

In Karachi, same-sex

partners easy to find,

say media reports

This image shows a Pakistani demonstrator’s poster in the U.K. Click image to enlarge.

IT IS A MOST unlikely – but credible – discovery: in a country where only two percent of the people accept homosexuality, gay sex is thriving. It is in a city of over 21 million people: Karachi, Pakistan.
It has been fairly widely reported on in recent months, but Tuesday the story came to the BBC online and will be on television early Thursday.
Yesterday, too The Atlantic carried its own report, based off the BBC one. And a Pew Research report in June found the country at the bottom of the heap when it comes to acceptance of gay and lesbian citizens.
It was also reported on in Mother Jones in June, and three years ago the BBC did an in-depth report on gay Muslims which explains a lot.
WATCH A VIDEO ON BEING MUSLIM AND GAY BELOW THE FOLD.

THE TELEVISION VERSION of Tuesday’s online BBC News story Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult is scheduled to air at 08:06 GMT  “tomorrow” (at the time of this writing 00:56 GMT Wednesday), but you couldn’t tell that by looking at the link above.
 You can get In the (K)now at this page, though, Inside gay Pakistan.

This image summarizes the paradox for Muslims who are gay. Click image to enlarge.

Tuesday’s online account by Mobeen Azhar of BBC World Service reporting from Karachi, Pakistan has an intriguing lead:
“Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay – even describing the port city of Karachi as ‘a gay man’s paradise,” it begins.
Don’t you think that was sufficient to whet my appetite?
“Underground parties, group sex at shrines and “marriages of convenience” to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. Under its veneer of strict social conformity, the country is bustling with same-sex activity.”
What makes this almost incredible is when you view it in the context of a June report by the widely respected Pew Research center, and its Global Attitudes project.

The Pew Research World Attitudes Project map which rates Pakistan as at 2 percent acceptance of gay men and lesibans. Click image to enlarge.

In the report Global Acceptance of Homosexuality  released June 4, it finds:
“There is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America. However, rejection of homosexuality is equally widespread in predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia.
In these areas, it reports, “fewer than one-in-ten in Nigeria (1 percent), Tunisia (2 percent), … Egypt (3 percent), Jordan (3 percent)… say homosexuality should be accepted by society.”
On the accompanying map of the world, Pakistan is listed at 2 percent acceptance.

THIS ANOMALY IS explained, however, in a three-year-old, in-depth BBC Report on Pakistani Gay Muslims, which you can see at the end of this post.
Aired May 14, 2010, the show explores the topic from the viewpoint of Pakistanis living in the U.K.
“In the making of this program we contacted over 200 gays and lesbians around the country (UK) but only a handful would speak on the record about their situation,” says the presenter.
“Anyone who spoke to us risked persecution from their communities and exile from their families.”
An unnamed, face-concealed source then adds:
“You have to be stoned to death.”
Holy mother of you-know-what!
“Islam is fierce in its condemnation of homosexuality. In at least five Islamic countries the punishment for being gay is death,” the presenter adds.
Despite the dangers, a story on The Atlantic (magazine) Wire site on Wednesday announces: There Is Plenty of Gay Sex in Karachi, Pakistan
Alexander Abad-Santos writes:
“Pakistan is one of the most homophobic countries in the world. Yet gay sex is apparently prevalent in the country, which is home to 183 million people, some 97 percent of whom are Muslim.

This imam says on BBC television what appears in the subtitle to this image. Click image to enlarge.

“As the BBC’s Mobeen Azhar reports in a fascinating investigation, the combination of the prevalence of gay mobile apps like Grindr and Scruff, plus the onus of arranged marriage, has made the Pakistani city of Karachi — the nation’s biggest city, at nearly 24 million people — a hotbed of gay sex, even if actually maintaining a gay lifestyle is still incredibly difficult.”
But then he adds a caveat.
“Pakistan as a gay paradise? We’re not entirely convinced, especially since homosexual activity there is illegal and punishable by a prison sentence. …Gay rights don’t exist there, being openly gay is still looked down upon, gay relationships are hard to come by, and Karachi pretty much fails on every metric of gay life except for one: man-on-man sex. Karachi is home to a lot of it.”
Direct. Blunt. To the point. Just my style.
His statement is clearly supported in the BBC documentary.
“In the 21st century [Muslims] are tortured flogged and beheaded for consensual gay activity,” the presenter says.
Sheik Anwar Mady is then quoted on camera (with subtitles on the screen): “Islam considers homosexuality as sexual perversion. It’s against the natural order, the natural pattern of life.”
Presenter: “Even moderate imams say homosexuality is unacceptable.
“Gay Muslims must either repress their sexuality or live secret lives.”
What a paradox.
The “official” religious bent of the population denies the most basic right of all – continued life – to gay people, yet homosexuals risk life and limb to express their sexuality.
We should all be so lucky – for those of us for whom it is true – that West Hollywood or the Castro or Greenwich Village is a short motorcycle ride down the freeway or subway.

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8 Responses  
  • Jerry Falwell's ghost writes:
    August 28th, 2013

    They are all sinners!
    Gay Muslims should be burned at the stake!
    Repent sinners.

  • Bjorn in San Diego writes:
    August 28th, 2013

    Well, now I’m REALLY getting going here: I am originally from Sweden, which now has a large Muslim population, and the Swedish government is VERY relaxed in having the hard core Muslim immigrants , like those who believe in the sharia laws abiding to and integrating into Swedish society! Politically correct Swedes in the government are EXTREMELY afraid of being seen as racists and not being politically correct! There are MANY cases of Muslim immigrants that commit hate crimes against The LGBT community, and I am getting very angry at all those people who are afraid of speaking up there! If you think Islam is so fabulous, go live in Pakistan, Iraq or Iran! This are the same people who think it’s their DUTY to marry away there daughters to someone THEY have picked out, or kill there OWN family members if they don’t follow the rules!! TRUE, not ALL Muslims are that horrible, but the major opinions in those countries are what you just read on this blog!

    • Warren writes:
      August 28th, 2013

      Bjorn
      You are far too angry.
      Being angry does not help make your point …. It gets in the way.
      Immigration and assimilation is a problem in MANY countries, not jusr Sweden.
      Remember France?
      And Islam is a problem EVERYWHERE.

  • Bjorn in San Diego writes:
    August 28th, 2013

    I’m not angry! Just tired of the same old stuff! Look to Australia, they REQUIRE something of the new arrivals! From now one I will just make anonymous comments here, since some of the comments are phony anyways!

  • Neil Protacio writes:
    August 30th, 2013

    Another interesting thing about Pakistan is the fact that the gay porn industry also thrives because of it! There was an article I read on MotherJones that said that Pakistan is the WORLD LEADER for “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex” and “man fucking man.” While I don’t want to label all Pakistanis homosexual, I think it’s safe to assume that the country is a “closet case.”

    • Neil Protacio writes:
      August 30th, 2013

      Just to clarify, Pakistan is the world leader of GOOGLE SEARCHES for “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex” and “man fucking man.”

      • Crazy horny man writes:
        August 31st, 2013

        Sounds like more fun than West Hollywood!

  • Jim Asher writes:
    December 20th, 2014

    In a theocracy, in any country–including our own–it seems that any wacked-out leader can freely use a book, ink on paper, to condemn the very existence of his fellow man. Not to offend anyone’s sensibility, but WE ARE ALL ONE. Funny… there is an Islamic symbol that means precisely that. (I can provide it to you, if you so like.) So… in condemning one man, another is condemning himself. How’s that for irony! Sheer ignorance, blinded by a personal interpretation of a book (a supposed vessel of understanding), amounts to nothing more than lazy thinking from which dangerous actions result. Your blog certainly provokes thought.


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