When Death is Easier Than Coming Out

In the middle of a long NBC piece titled “Orlando Shooting: Afghan-Americans Grapple With Homophobia, Shock” is this:

“I knew this was coming, I knew that a lot of blood would have to be shed for people to listen to me that this is a problem,” said Nemat Sadat, 37, a New York City writer and activist who came out in 2013 and faced death threats that forced him out of Afghanistan.

“I suffered from persecution and although I would never commit violence I have met many gay Afghans in America as well as inside Afghanistan who said they would take their own life if it was known that they were gay,” Sadat added. “The question is whether that violence ends in them taking only their own life or if they take other people with them. Death is easier than coming out for some people.”

Sadat, now an avowed atheist, is fiercely critical of the role of Islam. “I see gay outreach groups saying they don’t want to paintbrush all Muslims but the reality is we can’t really have interfaith dialogue with dominant state-sponsored religions that don’t tolerate freedom of beliefs or speech and who throw gay people off the tops of buildings or behead them,” he said.

The above excerpt reads odd, given the typical NBC pablum above and below it.

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