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Muslim designer’s ‘pride hijab’ to spread message of love at gay Mardi Gras

The headscarf, created as part of a campaign to push for same-sex marriage in Australia, sold out days after it was launched in October, Australian-Sri Lankan Azahn Munas told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

The designer said he was relaunching it for the Australian city’s famous festival on March 3 to“celebrate life and love”, and highlight the struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

“We have had such a great response including from countries in the Middle East and East Asia. People were so happy that we acknowledged their identity but not in a negative way,” said Munas, who founded the Melbourne-based label MOGA in 2016.

“They live in fear and persecution, they can’t live a free life because of where they live – we want to do this as a way to support them.”

Australia legalized same-sex unions in December after a national postal survey overwhelmingly endorsed marriage equality.