Growing up in Afghanistan, Hamid Zaher did not feel like a man and was more comfortable in the company of women. He eventually realized he was a homosexual—a subject that was taboo in his country and one that was never discussed. In this memoir, Zaher tells the story of his life journey as a gay man in an attempt to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality in Afghanistan.
First published in 2009 in Farsi under the title Beyond Horror, It Is Your Enemy Who Is Dock-Tailed addresses the discrimination and abuse gay men face in Zaher's home country. He discusses his feelings and emotions as he grew into adulthood realizing he was not like the other boys and men in his neighborhood. He narrates his story of trying to leave the country, only to experience additional discrimination. It Is Your Enemy Who Is Dock-Tailed shows how one man set goals, persevered, and attempted to overcome discrimination and abuse that was tied to his sexual orientation. By sharing his personal experiences, Zaher hopes to restore rights to others who have been denigrated and neglected in Afghanistan's backward society.
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