Local radio host had to leave his native Pakistan to live as an openly gay man

January 4, 2011

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Ifti Nasim was a poet, activist and former car salesman who found an inclusive home in Chicago's gay community.

Ifti Nasim left his home country of Pakistan more than 30 years ago to live life as an openly gay man. He came to Chicago and joined the gay movement here.

Nasim’s now a poet and host of a local South Asian radio show. He’s also the co-founder of SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian lesbian, gay and transgender organization. His book of poems, “Narman,” was the first book of gay themed poetry to be published in the Urdu language.

Nasim has spent his life trying to change the way South Asians view homosexuals, both here in Chicago and his native Pakistan. Today, he tells us about his life of activism.