Britain is set to become the center of Gay Muslim marriages, claims Britain’s first Muslim drag queen Asif Lahore who made the comments following the successful and highly publicized gay wedding of a devout Muslim Jahed Choudhury to his now husband Sean Rogan in Walsall in what was billed as Britain’s first Gay Muslim wedding.
Asif Lahore, a devout Muslim and celebrity drag queen who has appeared on different TV shows and documentaries and also with a lucrative book deal wished Jahed Choudhury and his husband Sean Rogan a “wonderful marriage and happiness” but then went on to debunk their claim that was carried by the world’s mainstream media that their wedding was the first gay Muslim wedding in Britain.
“There are countless,” Lahore told the Times. “In the last three years I’ve been to dozens [of] gay Muslim, same-sex marriages.
“I attended one last Thursday, of two gay British Bangladeshi guys.”
Because marriage has such a significant value in South Asian cultures, she said it should be expected that gay Muslims would take advantage of Britain’s civil liberties.
“In south Asian Muslim culture, marriage is very much a milestone.
“Even if you identify as LGBT, marriage plays a big part in your upbringing and your psyche and I think LGBT Muslims in Britain are taking real advantage of equal marriage,” Lahore said.
“I’m glad this young boy has declared so openly about his marriage, but want him to know there have been others before him and will be many more.”
Asif Lahore also spoke on her earlier struggles adjusting to life as a Muslim gay drag queen. At first her family were furious and immediately took her to see a doctor and also an Imam to see if the problem could be rectified. She refused to give in to her family’s demands and eventually they fully accepted her wishes.
Lahore’s relatives conceded she could have gay relationships, on condition they were kept “secret,” while they arranged her marriage to a woman. At the time, Lahore identified as a boy named Asif Quraish.
But Lahore refused and married her gay partner instead, a Pakistani man with whom she entered a civil partnership in 2009, before marrying him five years later after equal marriage was legalized.
Lahore, who is currently transitioning to become a woman, said there are thousands of gay and transgender people of Muslim faith, some of whom still do not feel able to come out.
“We live in a country where we now have access to equal rights and they should be exercised.
“It would break my heart if there were LGBT Muslims out there who didn’t feel they were able to marry,” Lahore said.
“Never feel like you’re on your own or that you’re the only one.
“There’s many more people in the exact same boat as you.
“Britain is a thriving country for the LGBT Muslim community.”
Editor’s Note: Please notice that we interchangeably use his/her in this story as sometimes it can be complicated identifying genders in the modern world. Britain is in the process of removing gender labels like he, her, his, hers, and only then shall we be able to report such stories accurately. But please let us know what you prefer and we can adjust accordingly.