Swiss Father Slits Son’s Throat For Being Gay

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A gay teen in Switzerland has shared his shocking story of an attempt by his own father to kill him.

The 17-year-old, identified as “Seran M” in the press for his own protection, told the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten that he woke one night to find his father holding a knife to his throat.

According to a Google Translation of the news report, the father shouted at the teen, “You’re gay, you’re gay?” And at that point, he slid the blade across the teen’s neck.

Seran says he fought off his father while sustaining further injuries to his neck and upper body.

Eventually, the teen escaped the attack across a balcony and sought safety at a neighbor’s home.

Due to the severity of his injuries to his throat, chest, arms, and back, he was flown to the University Hospital of Bern.

“Fortunately, he narrowly missed the carotid artery, but my trachea was badly injured,” shared Seran. “I had to be put in an artificial coma.”

Seran, whose family is from Iraq, told 20 Minuten he doesn’t know how his father discovered he is gay adding, “I’ve always hidden my homosexuality from my family.”

Since leaving the hospital six months ago he lives on his own in Bern and feels he is “a freer person than before the incident.”

That said, the scars from the hate crime remind him of the incident every day.

“I see them in the mirror or when I take selfies and snaps,” he explains. “They will be with me or the rest of my life.”

Seran added that he’s begun counseling to help him process the emotional scars.

He says he’s sharing his story to encourage other LGBTQ people from Muslim backgrounds to “get help if you want to come out as gay.”

“We are living in 2019 and my dad wanted me dead because I’m attracted to men. I just cannot accept that. I hid long enough, this is the end of that now.”

According to the UK’s Daily Star, the father was arrested for the attack but it’s unclear when he will stand trial.

Switzerland has wrestled with the issue of homophobia for years.

2016 study found that gay men in Geneva are four times more likely to suffer attacks than men in the general population.

ILGA, a human rights organization, ranks Switzerland 27th out of 49 countries in Europe on LGBTQ+ equality.

(source: Google Translate/20 Minuten)

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Switzerland: Homophobia & Transphobia Now Punishable By Up To 3 Years In Prison

 By a vote of 118-60, the National Council of Switzerland has amended its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.
Switzerland makes LGBTQ discrimination illegal

 By a vote of 118-60, the National Council of Switzerland has amended its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.

Under the new ordinance, anyone who is found guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity will face up to three years in prison.

The move to change the penal code was lead by National Councillor Mathias Reynard.

Upon passage of the new law, Reynard tweeted his celebration writing, “Victory! By 118 against 60 and 5 abstentions, the National Council accepts my parliamentary initiative against homophobia and Transphobia!

“A great success for human rights! Final response in December to the Council of States,” he added along with an LGBT Pride emoji and LGBT hashtag.

Gay Times Magazine reports Reynard told the press following the vote, “Homophobia is not an opinion. It’s a crime. One in five homosexuals attempted suicide, half before the age of 20. This victory sends a strong signal. I have already received hundreds of reactions.”

While Switzerland has allowed civil partnerships since 2007, the country is woefully behind the times in terms of most civil rights for LGBTQ people. There are no legal accommodations for same-sex couples when it comes to adoption, taxes, welfare or fertility.

Following this recent win, Reynard says that he plans on introducing marriage equality to Switzerland.

(h/t Gay Times Magazine)

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