“A few months ago, gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas feared for his life. This week, he made history with a UN address about the vicious persecution of LGBTs under ISIS.
It was only two months ago, when his plane took off from Turkey to take him to his new life in the United States, that Subhi Nahas said he finally felt safe.
“I felt like I owned my life for the first time, that I was going to be all right, and when I landed in America it was overwhelming,” Nahas told The Daily Beast.
Until then Nahas, a 28-year-old gay Syrian refugee originally from Idlib, a city of 1½ million residents north of Damascus, feared he would be murdered by ISIS for being gay.
A former schoolfriend who had joined ISIS told a mutual friend of theirs he wanted to kill Nahas.
The murders of gay men by ISIS, captured in horrific photographs—being thrown from buildings and stoned to death—have shocked and sickened the world, just as the brutal murderers of ISIS hoped they would.
On Monday, Nahas in person, and an Iraqi man known by the pseudonym of “Adnan” by phone from a secret location (as he said he feared for his life), made history by becoming the first people to address the United Nations Security Council on the persecution of LGBT people under ISIS.”
Source: The Daily Beast