The couple whose love overcame the strict anti-gay laws of the Muslim country shared their heartwarming story with Ellen DeGeneres. They fell in love in the battlefield. Literally. Both were militants and the unexpected feeling united them while their country was torn apart with the war. The documentary ‘Out of Iraq: The Dangerous Story of Two Gay Soldiers’ captured the pair’s struggle to escape – both eventually seeking asylum in the US, where they are living now.
Speaking on Ellen, they explained: “It’s too difficult, being gay in Iraq. Family and friends, everyone, they say being gay is sick. They find out about you and you either get tortured or killed. As our relationship grew, we felt we could not stay.” And even though they spent almost 4 years seeking an asylum (when one of them was able to move to the USA, it was very hard to bring his partner there as well and to marry him officially) but now they are completely happy. “The LGBT youth who come from the Middle East, we help them with a place to stay for the first time, we explain about the culture. Of course, they have good reasons to leave their homes, but it’s not easy for them. It wasn’t easy when I came here for the first time, with only $50 in my pocket. People helped us, so now it’s my time to pay them back,” they say about their current work