He wants to show that Syrian gay men are more than ‘bodies thrown off buildings’. In a defiant stand against ISIS a group of gay men recently came together to throw the country’s first Mr Gay competition.
The men battled it out to become the public face of the war-torn country’s LGBT community, whilst highlighting the issues facing gay and trans Syrian refugees.
The newly crowned winner, Hussein Sabat, insists he feels more hatred towards the terror group rather than fear.“Everyone is scared of ISIS but it doesn’t stop me from living my life. I won’t let them be a barrier and I hate them more than I’m scared.I want to show that Syrian gays are not just bodies thrown off buildings by ISIS; we have dreams and ideas and we want to live our lives,” he told the MailOnline. Of course we were nervous but we we’re excited – we all wanted to be Mr Gay Syria to do something empowering.” Sabat has felt the effects of Islamic State firsthand, after his boyfriend was murdered four years ago. “I was with Zakaria for four years, but three years ago ISIS beheaded him,” he explained. “They sent the execution video to his family – his mother almost went crazy and I couldn’t speak for a month.”