Subhi is a writer and LGBT activist for peopel in the MENA region, from Syria.
At fifteen his therapist told his family he was gay, he wasn’t allowed to leave the house anymore and feared his life while “Syrian Authorities and Jabhat al Nusra raided Cafes and parks where LGBT people gathered.”
In 2012 he and other students were assaulted and harassed by militants while heading to University. He was called homophobic slurs and feared for his life. The militants let them go but at home his father and Subhi had their last fight where he was physically harmed he says “The scar on my chin is a constant reminder of his violent reaction to my being different.“
The same year he fled from Syria to Lebanon and then to Turkey where he stayed for years and began with his activism, he co-founded “LGBT-Arabi” a group to bring LGBT refugees and locals and he even started a blog about LGBT rights.
In 2014 The situation in Syria worsened and his safety in Turkey was threatend through a childhood friend who joined ISIS. He was threatend to be killed through a mutual friend.
Through “ORAM” (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration) he was able to resettle to the US where he now advocates for vulnerable refugees through “ORAM”. He even spoke at the “UNSC” (United Nations Security Council) to bring awareness to vulnerable refugees.