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Zayna says she was beaten, humiliated and threatened because of her sexuality - but throughout her tormented formative years she refused to deny who she truly was.

Growing up as a young Muslim lesbian in Pakistan, the graduate says she came up against both physical and mental abuse from those that she believes had misinterpreted the messages of the Qur'an.

Zayna, not her real name, says that while studying for her PhD she was kicked out of university because fellow academics feared she was a 'dangerous' influence.

And when colleagues at an Islamic school found out about her sexuality, Zayna says she was told to leave or face action from the police.


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