Three missing brown gay men had one thing in common

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The disappearances of three brown men Faizi, Kayhan and Skandaraj Navaratnam between 2010 and 2012 were investigated by Toronto police as part of Project Houston, a task force launched in November 2012.

Bruce McArthur who is charged with first-degree murder in the disappearances of two other men in a separate investigation, dubbed Project Prism is a suspect in the disappearance of these three missing men.

There is one thing in common with these three brown men who went missing- they were ‘straight’ as far as their families were concerned. A couple of them were married and had children. In all probability it was something the family either knew about but pretended nothing was amiss. These men disappeared for a while as a matter of routine because they led double lives and never told anyone where their gay friends or their whereabouts.

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It is a common fact that there are dozens of married gay South Asians living double lives. They often live with their wives and children in the suburbs, work in the city and find their partners there.

It is something they don’t talk about and because of the secrecy involved, it is likely someone who wants to either hurt or blackmail them can do it pretty effortlessly knowing fully well their vulnerability. This is tragic and made worse because many brown immigrant gay men and women are forced to marry and then end up living double lives. –CINEWS

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