My name Salman & I'm not afraid to make this public that I'm an ex-Muslim and gay. It's not easy for us who have been living under the closet for years about our religion and our sexuality to come out public about it. We've been forced to live our lives in fear, in isolation ...
under persecution from our families, friends, society and state especially for me coming from a highly conservative #Muslim majority society like the Islamic republic of #Pakistan, where both being openly gay and leaving #Islam are both criminalized by law.
#LGBT rights is human rights, freedom to choose & leave your religion is a basic human rights too unfortunately simply doesn't exist where I come from and if we even speak out about our existence we are threatened with consequences, labelled as foreign agents and worst...
even attacked and killed. I've lost all my extended family, school & university friends for my rebellious views, been bullied, received curses and death threats that never ceased to go away.

We're some of the bravest people on Earth, the Muslim orthodoxy is still not ready....
to accept its illiberal, tyrannical and corrupt ways that denies adults with conscience living in the Islamic societies and beyond their right to love whoever they want, leave and choose whatever religion or no religion they want. We need more reform of Islam, more progressive ..
and liberal voices to object against bigtory from within.

Our plight must not be ignored, the global community ignores our human rights situation and countries like #Pakistan where rising Islamist radicalism and conservatism is threatening peace,
security and future of millions are not called out on their draconian blasphemy laws, against anti-LGBTQ laws (Article 377) and anti-Ahmaddiya laws (Ordinance XX of 1984).

I'm #AwesomeWithoutAllah, I'm #AwesomeWithoutIslam and I'm #AwesomeWithoutReligion because
I believe in universal freedom, love and compassion for all. We exist and we are here to say to the world that we need to be listened. I stand against discrimination of #Muslims & I request the world to not call label us as 'Islamophobes' for criticising a
religious dogma that's used against us, that's used to silence us and persecute us. I'm a proud ex-Muslim, proud antitheist & gay, our lives matter too and our stories deserve to be heard too. 🏳️‍🌈♥️👏 @Geemme @apostateali @ExmuslimsOrg @exmuslim_norway @CEMB_forum @MaryamNamazie
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