Pakistan-born poet and gay activist Ifti Nasim, who died of a heart attack in a Chicago hospital, once escaped persecution in his native land for his sexual orientation.
Nasim, who died Friday at the age of 64, also helped many Pakistani and Indian gays and lesbians migrate to the US.
He came to the US in 1971 and made a name for himself as a gay activist and Urdu poet. He established Sangat, a gay and lesbian organization, and was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.
Nasim was a close friend of several lyricists and actors of Hindi cinema.
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