Nahas said he was forced to flee when ISIS took over Idlib in 2014 and began executing men they suspected of being gay.
"At the executions, hundreds of townspeople, including children, cheered jubilantly as at a wedding. If a victim did not die after being hurled off a building, the townspeople stoned him to death. This was to be my fate, too," Nahas said. "I was terrified to go out. Nor was my home safe, as my father, who suspiciously monitored my every move, had learned I was gay."
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and an advocate for LGBT rights, hosted the meeting. It was the first such Security Council meeting held in the UN's history. The Security Council includes
China, France, Russia, the U.K., the U.S., Angola, Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, and Venezuela.
And Nahas' story is just one of many. Amid the fighting and turmoil in Syria and Iraq, LGBT individuals find themselves even more vulnerable.
According to the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM), the organization with which Nahas is affiliated, LGBT refugees are some of the most heavily persecuted
of the world's marginalized people groups. In 78 countries worldwide, same-sex relationships are considered criminal acts.
Many of these LGBT individuals leave their countries, attempting to find harbor in the international community. Their search is not always fruitful. As LGBT people and displaced people, they are "doubly marginalized," ORAM has said.