news Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 05:30
Following his backing out as India’s representative for Mr. Gay World 2015, activists have raised concerns over Thahir Mohammed Sayyed and his family’s whereabouts after they were denied the right to pray at a local mosque. Sayeed had backed out of the event due to the reported ostracism of his family from Kochi in Kerala and the organizers of the event are also worrying about his safety. According to a report in DNA, LGBT and human-rights activists have tried reaching out to Sayeed and his family but have not been able to get through to him or them. An activist is quoted telling the newspaper that the neighbours hadn’t seen Sayeed or his family since Sunday, the day he pulled out of the competition. “We are from the same hometown near Kottayam and know each other. I sent some common friends to his place too, but the residence was locked”, told Jijo Kurakose of Queerala, an LGBT awareness group, to the newspaper. When we tried to get in touch with Sayeed, he refused to speak further regarding the issue, telling us that “I have pulled out of the event, there’s nothing more to say”. He also said that we should “let my (his) career move on” from the episode. In an earlier interview to the newspaper, Sayyed had mentioned that his parents were aware of the fact that he is homosexual and that they had been supportive and had no qualms about it. MGW is an annual event which seeks to establish ambassadorial figures for the community with winners of national contests taking part in a competition which is not a beauty pageant. Sayyed was reportedly the sole representative from Asia at the event beginning Sunday which has representatives from 20 countries. 
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