Out of Iraq Reminds Us That Love Is So Much Stronger Than Hate
'Out of Iraq' Reminds Us That Love Is So Much Stronger Than Hate
While we continue to reel from the events in Orlando, Out of Iraq gives us a glimmer of hope and love.
While the LGBTQ community continues to reel from the events in Orlando early Sunday morning, it's a small glimmer of hope to see stories like the one depicted in Logo's latest documentary, Out of Iraq.
Following the love story of Nayyef (a translator) and Btoo (a soldier), this poignant film reminds us of the dangers LGBTQ people face around the world, especially in countries that have only recently decriminalized such relationships.
"My hope is for our message to impact the new generations in the Middle East and inspire acceptance in the LGBT community," said Nayyef. "We hope to motivate the new generation to change the way gay people are viewed and treated in the Middle East."
And with Islamophobic rhetoric already permeating the news this week, Out of Iraq acts as an important reminder that love, just like hate, can be found in any country, in any religion.
"Don't be afraid to love someone," Nayyef reminds us. "Your love will be stronger if you voice your opinions, be strong and be vocal. It's your life, and you control it. No one controls you."
A good reminder, especially today.
Out of Iraq premieres on Logo tonight, 9 p.m. ET/PT.