Hamoudi smoking a cigarette at a gay club in Berlin.
Returning to his native Raqqa in 2011 to join anti-regime protests, Hamoudi and friends came to form a group called 'Our Rights Movement' in 2013, when opposition fighters took control of the city.
Caught having sex with a male friend when he was 13, Hamoudi was forcibly outed in his hometown, and when he returned, wanted to show that he wasn't just a 'faggot' to those who remembered him. He proved himself as a bold activist for democracy and civil rights, and
demonstrated against both the Syrian regime, and later ISIS, who declared his hometown the capital of their so-called Islamic Caliphate. Hamoudi was imprisoned by the regime and ISIS, and faced physical and psychological torture. Since moving to Berlin in October 2014, Hamoudi has worked in culture, and more recently with an organisation helping to rebuild society in Raqqa post-ISIS occupation.

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