Qatar's first openly gay man has a message for football fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup | SBS News

Born into a traditional Arabic-speaking household in Qatar, Nas Mohamed felt he was destined to be set up in an arranged marriage to a woman.

During his adolescence, Nas realised that was not a life he would be capable of living, but with no access to “any LGBT visibility” in Qatar coupled with the threat of persecution, he felt forced to keep his sexuality hidden.

Earlier this year, Nas made international headlines as “the first openly gay Qatari”, and he’s using his platform to advocate for LGBTIQ+ rights ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha.

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