A man tried to set up Pakistan's first gay club, he was put in a mental hospital

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A man who tried to establish Pakistan's first gay club was detained in a mental hospital by local authorities, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper reported that the man, who chose to remain anonymous, filed an application to set up an LGBTQ+ club in Abbottabad, a military town in northern Pakistan known for being the site of Osama bin Laden's secret compound. Bin Laden was killed there in 2011.

According to The Telegraph, the man wrote in the application filed to the city's deputy commissioner that the club would be a "great convenience and resource for many homosexual, bisexual, and even some heterosexual people residing in Abbottabad in particular."

Same-sex intercourse in Pakistan is punishable by imprisonment ranging from two years up to a life sentence.

Though prosecutions are rare, the UK's Home Office notes that members of the LGBTQ+ communities in Pakistan may hide their sexuality over fears of abuse, discrimination, and honor killings.

The Telegraph reported that the application for the proposed club said it was going to be called "Lorenzo gay club," and there would be "no gay (or non-gay) sex (other than kissing").

It added that a sign would be visible on the wall warning that no sex would be allowed on the premises, meaning anti-sodomy laws would not be "flouted on the premises," according to the newspaper.

The deputy commissioner for Abbottabad did not immediately respond to a Business Insider request for comment.

However, his office confirmed receipt of the proposal to The Telegraph, adding that it was under review.

The outlet reported that the application had leaked online and caused outrage among local politicians.

A member of the far-right Awami Tehreek party threatened to douse the building in petrol and set it on fire if permission was granted, per The Telegraph.

According to the British newspaper, the applicant was transferred to the Sarhad Hospital For Psychiatric Disease in Peshawar. His friends told The Telegraph that they had been barred from visiting him, and were concerned for his safety.

Before being detained, the applicant told the newspaper: "I talk about human rights, and I want everyone's human rights to be defended."

He also told the newspaper that if authorities refused the application, he would take it to court.

 
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Is this some onion article?? I am more surprised that he is alive after this daring act.
Using the city Abottabad makes it more sus, seems like a prank article
 
My assumption is he was either too frustrated or super daring.
No reporting in any of the Pakistan sources, straight away a telegraph article??. Someone has pulled a nice trolling act on the world media. Indian media and Right wing western media latching onto like leaches. After a week or so, cnn has not even picked it up neither bbc.
 
No reporting in any of the Pakistan sources, straight away a telegraph article??. Someone has pulled a nice trolling act on the world media. Indian media and Right wing western media latching onto like leaches. After a week or so, cnn has not even picked it up neither bbc.
From a month ago:
Not sure of the authenticity..

 
I feel for the gay people in Pakistan. Who will represent their voice ?
 
why do pakistanis need gay clubs when u can "leva" in the streets
 
There are millions of Pakistanis who are members of the LGBTQ community, sad to see them being treated like this
 
Pakistan surely have much more important issues that this to take care of.
 
No space in Islam for it. They destroyed the West but nothing much left to destroy in Pakistan anyway.
Gay people are real. Time to accept them.

1 in 10 or up to 10% of population is considered part of LGBTQ. Even if it is only 1 or 2 % of population, they run into millions in Pakistan. That is not small number.
 
No space in Islam for it. They destroyed the West but nothing much left to destroy in Pakistan anyway.

How did gay people destroy the West ? The least Pakistan could do is decriminalize their existence instead of making their life miserable.
 
lol, pakistan is so gay, as long as you dont make a song and dance about it, no one cares. pakistani gay people are pragmatic, they accept that and do whatever they want.
 
lol, pakistan is so gay, as long as you dont make a song and dance about it, no one cares. pakistani gay people are pragmatic, they accept that and do whatever they want.
The funny thing is that in many cases both the gays in such a relationship wouldn't consider themselves gay lol
 
How did gay people destroy the West ? The least Pakistan could do is decriminalize their existence instead of making their life miserable.

Pakistani is not a secular country so will not happen .

there are gay people in all cultures & nations . But in some they don’t want this known or want to walk parading a rainbow flag . They are mostly married with kids . Nobody is born gay , it’s a chosen behaviour, one which does point to some type of disorder in such people
 
there are gay people in all cultures & nations . But in some they don’t want this known or want to walk parading a rainbow flag . They are mostly married with kids .

I said Pakistan should decriminalize it, not hold public pride parades. I'm sure you agree, yes ? You are not affected in any way.
 
But why criminalise what is a private act ? It doesn't affect you or anyone else.

It’s not if in private , behind closed doors . They can only be convicted if seen by witnesses . It’s to protect the public from seeing this . Nobody wants so see grown adults in the streets while our with their kids.
 
It’s not if in private , behind closed doors . They can only be convicted if seen by witnesses . It’s to protect the public from seeing this . Nobody wants so see grown adults in the streets while our with their kids.

You're waffling now and making up things as you go. It is illegal in Pakistan, whether private or public. If the police barge in to a room and catch two people in the act, they have committed a crime.
 
You're waffling now and making up things as you go. It is illegal in Pakistan, whether private or public. If the police barge in to a room and catch two people in the act, they have committed a crime.

I’m educating you on how the law works .

if police see it of course but they don’t barge into random rooms.

99% of the people don’t want it to be legal . It’s best you lobby in your country but India has legalised if I believe , so you’re good
 
It’s not if in private , behind closed doors . They can only be convicted if seen by witnesses . It’s to protect the public from seeing this . Nobody wants so see grown adults in the streets while our with their kids.
Do you think a straight man becomes gay by watching 2 gay people making out?
If anyone is turned on by gay sex, they are lgbtq too.
 
So you lied when you said it is okay if done in private. So dishonest :facepalm:

I never said it OK lol obviously I think it’s wrong . People closed doors they get away with as nobody cares but you conjured up some Bollywood script
 
Do you think a straight man becomes gay by watching 2 gay people making out?
If anyone is turned on by gay sex, they are lgbtq too.

It’s not something I studied .

I was referring to the right of a society to not see vulgar intimacy in public . Btw this also applies to straight couples . It’s a sign of a backward people & society if they are behaving like animals in public.
 
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