Anna Leach | Gay Star News | May 9, 2013
Qasim, 41, made the controversial statement in an interview with AFP when the reporter met him and his boyfriend Ali in a coffee shop.
‘We can hold hands,’ said Qasim. ‘We can sit casually like this. Nobody gives it a second thought.’ He added that he’s never been insulted in the street in Pakistan, like he was when he lived in the US.
In Parkistan’s Islamic society where men and women are kept segregated, it is easier for a gay male couple to spend time together than it would be for a non-married straight couple. Men holding hands and hugging in the street is a sign of friendship.