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Muslim Drag Queens

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  • Lifestyle

Summary

Ian McKellen narrates this First Cut documentary providing unprecedented insight into the UK's clandestine gay Asian community, which provides a vital lifeline and haven for young men who are unable to publicly reconcile their sexuality with their cultural identity and traditions. The film focuses on the stories of three of the 100 to 150 Muslim drag queens who face the seemingly insurmountable challenge of gaining acceptance and tolerance within their own communities.

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Review

Ian McKellen narrates this eye-opening film about the “Gaysian” community in Britain, an oasis for many Muslim men who can’t tell their family that they’re gay, much less that they perform drag acts.

The star of the Gaysian scene and of the programme., is 31-year-old Asif, who performs publicly as his wonderfully glamorous alter ego to campaign against homophobia, an issue he is all too familiar with. Sometimes he wears sequins on stage, at other times he dons traditional Islamic female dress. “I am a very good Muslim,” says Asif. “Some people say that stripping off a burka isn’t the right way forward, but what I say to that is, ‘What’s the alternative?’”

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DirectorMarcus Plowright
Executive producerJoe Evans
Executive producerNeil Crombie
ProducerMarcus Plowright

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