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Documentary to explore coming out

PinkNews Staff Writer April 30, 2010
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A Sky documentary is to follow two gay men as they prepare to come out to their families and friends.

I’m Coming Out, to be screened next month, follows 24-year-old Ahmad, who is a Muslim, and Neil, 55, who has spent his life in the closet.

It is billed as a “sensitive and moving portrait of two men struggling for acceptance” and documents several months in each man’s life.

Cairo-born Ahmad was raised in Gaza before moving to Scotland in his teens. He now lives a very openly gay life in London, going clubbing and working part-time in a sex shop.

However, his devout Muslim parents have no idea he is gay. The film sees him attempt to reconcile his sexuality with the religion he was brought up with and his family, who he hopes will finally accept him.

Neil, on other hand, is a 55-year-old British man who has spent his entire life in the closet, fearful of homophobia and the people he loves not accepting him for who he is.

Having only had casual encounters and short-lived flings he has had limited experience of the gay community and long lasting relationships. Throughout the course of the film he comes out to friends, ex-colleagues and finally, in a dramatic confrontation, to his brother in Aberdeen.

I’m Coming Out will be broadcast on Monday 24th May at 10pm on Current TV.

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