Gay Syrian refugee finds acceptance in ‘respectful’ Canada

ESPMI Network

If it weren’t for the castration threats, Rasheed might have believed Syrian police were only hounding him for his political views. He and his friends had begun receiving unwelcome attention from cops in his hometown of Damascus as early as 2012, and they were told that perceived opposition to Syria’s extremist government was the reason for the increasingly tense encounters. But Rasheed, who requested not to have his full name used for this story because he hasn’t told his family about his sexuality, believes the real motive came to the fore the day he and a few fellow gay men were carted off to a local jail.

The police who blindfolded him and beat him with electrical cables made revealing comments after seizing his cellphone containing pictures and videos that made his sexual preferences plain.Amid derogatory taunts and homophobic slurs, he said the officers threatened him with much worse.“‘We’re going to castrate…

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