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But then I could tell there were other people that I met and knew who were definitely going through the same thing.
“They usually have appearances to keep up and so it is in their interest to keep it discreet.
I couldn’t talk to anyone about the fact that I, in fact, liked men.”That was the last encounter Haitham had till he turned 17 years old when he started activ-ely seeking others like him.
“Till then I thought there was something wrong with me.
Coming out is often seen as a very Western concept and is not realistic in a society like Oman,” he said. “I cannot be perceived to be different and so I also send flirty text messages and pretend to be interested in girls.” For an expatriate like Jason, being gay in Oman is not a problem as long as he is discreet about it.
“Back home I could be myself, but I have to recognise the realities on the ground here,” he said.Elena talked about communicating through eye contact.