Muslim man is runner-up for Mr. Gay Netherlands

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Kevin Abdoelkariem has Surinamese-Hindustani roots. He's of Muslim origin and he's gay. Kevin decided to take part in the Mr. Gay Awards because he wanted to be a role model for other young men who are struggling with their sexual identity. 

Even though Kevin is Muslim, his immediate family supported him when he came out. But Kevin knows all too well that homosexuality and religion don't always go hand in hand. "My immediate family didn't have problems with it, but I have relatives who would never accept it", he says. 

One of the finalists in the Mr. Gay Awards had to withdraw at the last moment because he received threats from his Muslim family. 

Kevin hopes that by talking about homosexuality and approaching it in a positive manner, he will be able to help other young people who are struggling with their feelings. Kevin came in third place in the Mr. Gay Awards.