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From Surviving to Thriving as a Gay Man From Islam

A “Gays On” episode featuring Burak Yilmaz on healing and self-discovery

In this episode, I talk with Burak Yilmaz about his remarkable path to freedom as a gay man which he chronicles in his upcoming book, If My Mother Never Left.

Join me as I talk with Burak about:

  • Being tortured for speaking out as a gay man in Islam

  • Learning to survive alone on the streets of Turkey and New York City

  • Overcoming shame and recovering from depression

  • How writing has helped him heal and live as his true self

  • His work to support and guide younger generations

Get your copy of Burak’s new book, If My Mother Never Left and follow him at and on Instagram.

The “Gays On’ Series presents the voices of men who are on their journey of living openly and authentically. Not necessarily the perspective of therapists or coaches, these are the lived experiences and wisdom of gay, bi and queer man on what it’s like to heal through love.

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Thanks! Buck


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