Gay Muslim ties the knot in beautiful wedding
A gay couple have tied the knot in traditional Muslim garb.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, and Sean Rogan, 19, tied the knot this week in a ceremony in the West Midlands.
The pair donned Islamic garb for the ceremony, which was carried out in Walsall registry office.
Mr Choudhury, who grew up in a traditionally Muslim household to Bangladeshi parents, opened up to the Express and Star about struggling to reconcile his sexuality and faith.
He realised at school that he was not like other boys, as he was more interested in fashion than football, and quickly became a target for homophobic bullying.
While a teenager he was branded a “fag” and relentlessly bullied, driving him to attempt to ‘cure’ himself of homosexuality.
Mr Choudhury said that when the mosque he had attended for fifteen years found out he was gay, he was told he was no longer welcome.
It was at his lowest point that he met Mr Rogan, shortly after a suicide attempt.
He explained: “I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay.
“He gave me hope at one of my lowest points and he’s stood by me all the way.
“I tried killing myself, and I then met Sean. The housing association got us a house in a week and we’ve been living together ever since.
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“I proposed on Sean’s birthday last June.”
The pair tied the knot in a ceremony this week, dressed in traditional Islamic garb.
Mr Rogan said: “I’ve stood by him every step of the way. I’ve helped him with everything, and I will for the rest of my life.
“People at the Mosque need to understand about gay people – it’s not wrong, it’s who you are. It’s not a phase.
“I’ve known I was gay since I was six. I didn’t come out to my parents until I was 16, but you always know.
They low-key ceremony was not attended by Mr Chouhury’s family, as he explained: “They just don’t want to see it, it’s too embarrassing for them.
“They think it’s a disease and can be cured, some of my family still call it a phase.”
But he insisted: “I want to say to all people going through the same thing that’s it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.”