After the tragic events in Orlando two weeks ago, it’s worth repeating “love is love is love is love.” Nothing represents that more than the story of Nayyef and Btoo, the two Iraqi love soldiers from Out of Iraq. Never before have LGBT causes been more important, both locally and globally. While LGBT people in the Middle East are trying to flee torture and death in their own countries, the GOP presidential threatens to close the borders on Muslims indiscriminately. And the extreme dangers individuals go through during the Byzantine process to escape immediately.
Last night at Logo’s Trailblazer Awards, it was announced that a special encore presentation of OOI will air Saturday, June 25th at 6:40PM.
Two enlisted men in Iraq, one an Iraqi solider, the other a translator are forced to flee when one becomes the target of an honor killing. Through thousands of miles, they fight to stay connected and to be reunited.
“To be gay in Iraq, it’s very dangerous,” Hrebid said.
“It’s losing your life. You get shame to the family. You lose your family, and you lose your friends, you lose everything almost. That is why there is other ways to be gay, just between you and maybe the other person.”
“They call us ’shameful’ but for us, it’s just who we are,” Hrebid said.