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Gay Muslim character gets black lover

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

NEW YORK, June 22, 2017, 11 p.m. - A director gives his Muslim character in a new short film a black lover to shake things up.

Zaher Saleh said it is not a coincidence that the film "The War Within" gives its Muslim character a black boyfriend, given that the two communities have been some of the most adversarial to the gay community.

"I wanted to break that," Saleh told Redding News Review Unrestricted in an exclusive interview.

"'The War Within" tells a personal story of a gay Muslim manís struggle to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, his longing for acceptance from his family and his journey to love and accept himself," according to a news release.

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Saleh who is Palestinian, Lebanese has garnered the support of gay sex/dating app Grindr to propel his shockingly fresh film to more than 25,000 views in the first two days.

He is known in his country for the reality TV show "Star Academy."

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A serious Syria-based focus on violence against gays also acts as a walk up to his short film. The feature includes New York nightlife sensation Ladyfag.

You can watch Saleh's film here.

You can listen to our interview here.

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