An Unforgettable Date

Story by Carrie Hedderwick | Photos courtesy of Adnan Hussain

Meet Adnan Hussain who has recently completed his short novel ‘An Unforgettable Date’ about a gay couple’s love affair. How not only two, but three lives were impacted.
The book is “for all those that are in the LGBT community who cannot come out to anyone”. So quite a groundbreaker, and brave – because there is still a significant number of people and groups who are hostile to homosexuality. However, most UK citizens are quite at ease with lesbian and gay relationships which are now legal. In 1967 the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men or women of 21 years and over (reduced to 16 in 2001). In 2013 same sex marriages became legal too.

Adnan explained that the story is based on the experience of a close friend of his, who is called Adam in the novella. Adam, on the point of getting married, then meets and falls in love with Cameron. A whirlwind romance and complex relationship develops. Adam is mentally forced by Cameron to ‘come out’ to his family and fiancée, with the result that the family disowns him and his fiancée leaves him. Then Cameron also leaves him. With the betrayal and the break up, and his family support gone, Adam struggles with severe depression. Having no one made it harder. This mirrors the experience of Adnan’s friend, but Adnan tells me that, with his help, and with help too from the NHS with access to psychological therapy sessions, his friend came through the trauma and is rebuilding his life.

There is a strong LGBT community in Sheffield but Adnan said that his friend had not been inclined to get involved with any particular LGBT groups. Maybe he could in the future. But surely different sexual preferences should not be viewed as a personal problem, to be dealt with by the medical profession. Adnan’s answer was that societies need to be able to accept new ideas, and if people go beyond the labels of ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, and hear about real people and real relationships then attitudes will change. And even if some religions regard homosexuality as a sin, ‘God forgives every sin’, says Adnan, so it is not up to individuals to pass judgement.

Adnan is an absolute grafter – he wrote the book in four days in Spain and, as past articles in the Messenger have shown, is into all kinds of charity and voluntary work. He has completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike raising money for Interpal and further fundraising through Walk for Nepal.

Adnan has also worked in summer camps in the US, his enthusiasm inspiring lots of American city kids. He said: “when a child comes to you and says, ‘Adnan you changed my life’, it means a lot.” He volunteers in Yorkshire schools and was the first student in 2018 to be given a Gold level Hallam Award for his hard work and dedication.

Having done a foundation and an undergraduate course, Adnan is now doing a Masters in International Events and Conference Management. How does he manage to fit in a bit of modelling? But yes, he does. He has his own website: www.adnanhussainmodel.co.uk

Tickets are available now – see link below – for the ‘Come Support Love’ event and the book launch of ‘An Unforgettable Date – September 19th’. Hear a snippet of the book and get a signed copy at Central United Reformed Church on 31st January 2019. Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-support-love-tickets-52955864416 Best wishes to Adnan for the book’s success.

Story by Carrie Hedderwick | Photos courtesy of Adnan Hussain

Meet Adnan Hussain who has recently completed his short novel ‘An Unforgettable Date’ about a gay couple’s love affair. How not only two, but three lives were impacted.

The book is “for all those that are in the LGBT community who cannot come out to anyone”. So quite a groundbreaker, and brave – because there is still a significant number of people and groups who are hostile to homosexuality. However, most UK citizens are quite at ease with lesbian and gay relationships which are now legal. In 1967 the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men or women of 21 years and over (reduced to 16 in 2001). In 2013 same sex marriages became legal too.

Adnan explained that the story is based on the experience of a close friend of his, who is called Adam in the novella. Adam, on the point of getting married, then meets and falls in love with Cameron. A whirlwind romance and complex relationship develops. Adam is mentally forced by Cameron to ‘come out’ to his family and fiancée, with the result that the family disowns him and his fiancée leaves him. Then Cameron also leaves him. With the betrayal and the break up, and his family support gone, Adam struggles with severe depression. Having no one made it harder. This mirrors the experience of Adnan’s friend, but Adnan tells me that, with his help, and with help too from the NHS with access to psychological therapy sessions, his friend came through the trauma and is rebuilding his life.

There is a strong LGBT community in Sheffield but Adnan said that his friend had not been inclined to get involved with any particular LGBT groups. Maybe he could in the future. But surely different sexual preferences should not be viewed as a personal problem, to be dealt with by the medical profession. Adnan’s answer was that societies need to be able to accept new ideas, and if people go beyond the labels of ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, and hear about real people and real relationships then attitudes will change. And even if some religions regard homosexuality as a sin, ‘God forgives every sin’, says Adnan, so it is not up to individuals to pass judgement.

Adnan is an absolute grafter – he wrote the book in four days in Spain and, as past articles in the Messenger have shown, is into all kinds of charity and voluntary work. He has completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike raising money for Interpal and further fundraising through Walk for Nepal.

Adnan has also worked in summer camps in the US, his enthusiasm inspiring lots of American city kids. He said: “when a child comes to you and says, ‘Adnan you changed my life’, it means a lot.” He volunteers in Yorkshire schools and was the first student in 2018 to be given a Gold level Hallam Award for his hard work and dedication.

Having done a foundation and an undergraduate course, Adnan is now doing a Masters in International Events and Conference Management. How does he manage to fit in a bit of modelling? But yes, he does. He has his own website: www.adnanhussainmodel.co.uk

Tickets are available now – see link below – for the ‘Come Support Love’ event and the book launch of ‘An Unforgettable Date – September 19th’. Hear a snippet of the book and get a signed copy at Central United Reformed Church on 31st January 2019. Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-support-love-tickets-52955864416 Best wishes to Adnan for the book’s success.