The UK has just had its first gay Muslim wedding.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, married his partner Sean Rogan, 19, this week, making them the first couple to have a Muslim same-sex wedding in the UK.
“I want to say to all people going through the same thing that’s it’s okay,” said Choudhury. “We’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.”
The men got married in a registry office in England’s West Midlands region. They each wore traditional sherwanis and turbans.
Choudhury comes from a strict Bangladeshi family and says including these traditional elements in his wedding allowed him to own his cultural roots, this despite his family’s rejection.
“This is about showing people I don’t care,” he told The Express & Star. “My family doesn’t want to come on the day. They just don’t want to see it—it’s too embarrassing for them. They think it’s a disease and can be cured. Some of my family still call it a phase.”
Bullied growing up, Choudhury later sunk into depression. It was in the midst of a suicide attempt that he actually met Rogan.
“I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay,” said Choudhury. “He gave me hope at one of my lowest points and he’s stood by me all the way.”
Shortly after moving in together, the two got engaged last June. Now they’re going to honeymoon in Spain.