Update: An earlier version of this article claimed that this was the UK’s first Muslim marriage. It has now been corrected.
A gay Muslim man has married his partner in a traditional ceremony after being shunned by his community.
A cultural taboo for many people of the Islamic faith, Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan wore traditional Bangladeshi Muslim attire for the same-sex wedding ceremony.
The couple met while Mr Choudhury was crying on a bench in Darlaston, and Sean stopped to see if he was okay.
Jahed suffered continual bullying throughout secondary school, while the mosque he attended in his childhood no longer allowed him in, and he was physically attacked by others in the community.
“People would spit on me, empty rubbish bins on me, call me pig and the Muslim people would shout ‘harum’ – which is a very nasty insult in my language,” Jahed told the Express & Star.
Growing up with Bangladeshi parents in a traditionally Muslim household, Mr Choudhury felt trapped.
Jahed’s family did not attend the wedding, and he revealed that they believe it’s a disease and can be cured.
The couple got engaged last June, hoping to show people that they don’t care what others think.
“I want to say to all people going through the same thing that it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim,” Jahed said.
However, while the original source of this story, the Express & Star, have described it as the UK’s first gay Muslim wedding, there have actually be many since same-sex marriage was first legalised back in 2014.
Asifa Lahore – Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen – shared the story on Facebook calling out the incorrect fact.
“Countless LGBT Muslims have married since 2014. I myself civil partnered and later married another out gay Muslim man,” Asifa wrote.
“We are marginalised as a community as it is and mainstream media should do more to represent us authentically.
“This isn’t a reaction to this particular marriage but rather mainstream media is constant attempt to propagate stereotypes.”
Words Lee Dalgetty