Saudi lesbians declare love for each other on TV after escaping death penalty

A lesbian couple who fled Saudi Arabia to escape the death penalty have declared their love for each other on TV.

The women – using the aliases ‘Fad’ and ‘Nanz’ – told how they left the ultra-conservative kingdom in August 2018 after travel restriction on women were lifted.

Appearing together on Arabic-language TV show 'Jaafar Talk’, they revealed they fell in love after meeting on Snapchat.

They opened up about life in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Nanz said she discovered her sexuality in her early teens.

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She learned to keep it secret from her suspicious family who wondered why she kept turning down male suitors.

The segment included images of the pair in their home country and their life in London.

They were granted asylum in the UK after being disowned by their respective families after coming out as gay.

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There have been previous reports of homosexuals being sentenced to death in the strictly Islamic nation.

According to Amnesty International, it is among nine countries who punish homosexuality with death.

The others are Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen.

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In Saudi Arabia it is also illegal to be transgender and to have extra-marital sexual relations, according to Foreign Office guidelines.

The interview has attracted a number of supportive comments, with one social media user writing: "Everyone should be free to do what they want."

Another wrote: "Their bodies and emotions are none of our business. They get to enjoy freedoms granted to them by the universal declaration of human rights thanks to civilised countries that grant them protection."

A third added: "In the end, this is their choice, but why do they have to be on TV? I don't think that is necessary."

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