Loading comments… Trouble loading? Some give in to the pressure and accept a marriage for which they are ill-suited. The one issue that affects all gay people — everywhere — at some point in their lives is coming out. In the more extreme cases, coming out results in the person being ostracised by their family or even physically attacked. The issue then was how to discover it, and the jurists devised elaborate rules for doing so. Idlib in Syria is one of them; Qazvin in Iran is another.
Jaylah. Age: 25.
The mukhannathun were less respectable, with a reputation for frivolity and loucheness, though they seem to have been broadly tolerated during the earliest years of Islam.
Malia. Age: 23.
Iran publicly hangs man on homosexuality charges
For Muslims this can be an especially difficult decision. There are also reported cases where people suspected of being gay have been arrested by police seeking to elicit bribes or turn the suspects into informers. In Egypt and Lebanon — predominantly Muslim countries with a large Christian population — attitudes towards homosexuality among Christians are not very different from those among Muslims. One concern is that people may be pressurised into operations they do not actually want.