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Dear Friend,

My name is Tarek and I am a gay man from Egypt. It is a crime to be gay there. As a young man, I was arrested, persecuted, and humiliated by the police for kissing another man. After my arrest, I was unable to find a job and I lost many of my friends. I felt like my life was ruined. I eventually started a relationship with a man in the United States. I came here to visit him but we broke up after a month. It was then that I found out about Immigration Equality.

Immigration Equality helped me win asylum and start a new life that I love. Today, I live in Brooklyn and do freelance architecture and costume design. One day, I will become a famous costume designer and dream of dressing Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Last month, I even designed a custom headdress for Miss Universe Iraq!

Donate to support LGBTQ asylum seekers like me!

Having asylum has changed my life. Thanks to supporters like you, I will never be unsafe in Egypt again. Just a few weeks ago, I even came out to everyone I know on Facebook. This would have been unthinkable before I had asylum. But because I have so many people supporting me now, coming out has given me peace of mind and a sense of relief I have never felt before.

On behalf of Immigration Equality, I would like to thank you for your support and ask that you consider donating before the year is over. It means so much for people like me.

Yours Sincerely,
Tarek

Posing with my portrait at the Free To Be Me opening reception. Learn more about the project here.