Elderly Man Detained for Trying to Open Gay Club in Bin Laden’s Former Hometown

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Elderly Man Detained for Trying to Open Gay Club in Bin Laden’s Former Hometown

A 75-year-old man has been detained in a mental health hospital since last month after attempting to open a gay bar in Abbottabad, a conservative city in northern Pakistan. According to a report by the Telegraph, Preetum Giani faced local authorities’ intervention when he sought to establish the Lorenzo Gay Club in the city, which is infamous for being the location of Osama Bin Laden’s final compound.


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Application for Lorenzo Gay Club

Earlier this year, Preetum Giani formally applied to open the Lorenzo Gay Club in Abbottabad, as reported by 24 News HD. The application described the club as a place where gay individuals could “freely meet, converse with, and share light refreshments with other gay people.” This proposal was unprecedented in a city known for its conservative values and historical significance as the hideout of the notorious terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden, who was killed there by U.S. forces in 2016.

Local Reaction and Detainment

The attempt to open a gay bar in such a conservative area drew significant attention and controversy. Local authorities responded by detaining Giani in a mental health facility, reflecting the city’s conservative stance and the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Pakistan.

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