Since the early hours of the morning, rumors of a possible marriage between Ali Sethi, the famous 'Pasoori' singer, and a man named Salman Toor have ignited discussions. If these speculations were to prove true, it would mark one of the inaugural high-profile same-sex unions in Pakistan, causing a sensation in the country's celebrity circles. Sethi has been termed gay on his official Wikipedia page and is one of the few Pakistani artists to openly identify as such
The online world has been abuzz with trending hashtags like #AliSethi, #NajamSethi, #Pasoori, #LBGTQ+, and #NajamSethi, creating a virtual battleground for contrasting opinions on the matter. As the public debates the notions of right and wrong, social media platforms have witnessed a surge of interactions. Amidst the fervor, the question of Salman Toor's identity has piqued the curiosity of many.
The Pasoori singer and his father Najam Sethi, a seasoned journalist and the former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), were attacked by hundreds of Pakistanis after the report of their alleged marriage shared pictures of Ali Sethi and Salman Toor.
Liberal activists congratulated Najam Sethi for “raising a brave son” after the news of the marriage came out.
Islam forbids gay marriage and Pakistani law also does not allow it. It was not known where Ali Sethi and Salman Toor's marriage took place. Homophobic tweets flooded Pakistani Twitter after the news surfaced online. The reports about the marriage were not confirmed by Najam Sethi or Ali.
Who is Salman Toor?
Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1983, Salman Toor has become a prominent figure in the art world, celebrated for his thought-provoking creations that address various themes. His journey from Pakistan to the United States has been one of artistic exploration and cultural reflection, leaving an indelible mark on the LGBTQ art movement.
Toor's educational journey began at Aitchison College in Lahore. He crossed oceans to attend Ohio Wesleyan University in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2006. He continued his academic pursuits at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning his Master of Fine Arts in 2009, a pivotal moment in the evolution of artistic of him
Salman Toor is a leading member of the loosely affiliated group of LGBTQ painters known as the New Queer Intimists. This contemporary movement, which includes luminaries such as Doron Langberg, Louis Fratino, and Devan Shimoyama, focuses on intimate representations that delve into the experiences of LGBTQ people.
In 2019, Toor's artistic excellence was recognized with a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a testament to the impact of his work. His recent paintings took center stage in the solo exhibition "Salman Toor: How Will I Know" at the esteemed Whitney Museum of American Art from 2020 to 2021. This exhibition offered a unique insight into the artistic perspective and creative prowess of Toor.
Salman Toor openly stated in an article with The New Yorker back in 2022 that he visited London in the summer of 2004. Kalyan, Sethi, Aijazuddin, and Toor himself were all dating at that time, but they were not dating each other.
This changed six years ago when Sethi and Toor realized that they belonged together. Although they live in different New York apartments, the bond between them is very deep.
Based on information circulating on Twitter, it is reported that the renowned singer of "Rang," Ali Sethi, has entered into matrimony with fellow artist and collaborator Salman Toor. The private ceremony took place in New York City, potentially marking one of Pakistan's inaugural same-sex unions.
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