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Gay and Iraqi: Ghazwan Alsharif on The Michelle Meow Show 9/20/18

Our in-studio guest this week: Ghazwan Alsharif, the subject of the film From Baghdad to the Bay; he is also a former Iraq war translator

In his words: "My name is Ghazwan Alsharif, and I am a survivor.  I am thankful to be a blessed and happy man.  In my view, the world is a classroom and every day is a lesson.  We learn from it and we move on.  My goal is to always be optimistic whenever possible! At the time we started making this documentary, I was not ready to come out as a gay man.  I wanted to protect my family and was more worried for them than I was for myself and the gay community.  You may know that the culture and religion in Iraq prohibits homosexuality.  When I heard the news in 2012 about what was happening in Iraq regarding the killing of gay men, I decided that someone needed to step up and help stop the craziness.  So I took this chance to give a voice to the problem by telling my story.  I sincerely hope you enjoy the film."

Join us as Michelle Meow brings her long-running daily radio show to The Commonwealth Club one day each week. Meet fascinating—and often controversial—people discussing important issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, and have your questions ready.

See more upcoming Michelle Meow Shows at The Commonwealth Club here.

September 20, 2018

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Boardroom
San Francisco, 94105
United States

Speakers
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Michelle Meow
Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" (Radio and TV); President, SFPride; Twitter @msmichellemeow
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John Zipperer
Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable, The Commonwealth Club—Co-Host
Format

11:30 a.m. check-in
noon program