a€?Being a gay, black colored, American-born Muslim was torment personally. We never ever known that those situations could coexist within one individual and still need contentment. I put in age sleeping to personally, for the Mosque, to my children a€“ running after a happiness that glad anybody but me personally. I thought that i possibly could a€?deny the gaya€™ out so when that didna€™t get the job done, I was thinking Ia€™d a€?pray the gaya€™ off. I created a machine of self-hatred convinced that used to dona€™t have earned pleasure. Exactly how could the belief feel therefore durable so I remain this type of a horrible individual, unworthy of Allaha€™s elegance and mercy?
a€?Rasheed ways a€?Guide to the correct Path: a€“ when I fully understood that there surely is no compulsion in religion, I understood the right road would be one there was locate by myself. I realized that my personal religion and my personal sexuality had been both mine, and one did not define the second.
a€?I became available at 32 yrs . old, to a processing children and personal happiness. Real pleasure am usually within my go. Getting my genuine home, had been the correct path all along.a€?
a€?we publish an admiration page to Xulhaz Mannan every day. Like me, Xulhaz would be a gay Bangladeshi guy just who cherished enjoy. Much like me, he was a writer, a poet, nicer looking we wish to end up being, a real Bengali Nayaka.