Subhi was raised in a village outside of Idlib, Syria. In 2012, a militia group associated with Al Qaeda, stormed his town and began terrorizing locals, including the kidnapping and killing of gay men. Unable to stay in school, Subhi’s life at home became increasingly unbearable, as his own father began issuing threats, and later violent outbreaks. Afraid, Subhi fled to Lebanon, then Turkey, where he secured a job at Save the Children. As the war in Syria intensified, so did death threats against Subhi, including ones made by childhood friends affiliated with ISIS. Subhi was granted refugee status and was resettled in San Francisco in 2015. That same year, he testified before the United Nations Security Council on a special meeting of LGBTQ persecution in the Middle East. He was the first openly gay person to testify before the Security Council. Soon after, he founded an organization called Spectra Project to support LGBT refugees in the Middle East. Subhi currently lives in San Francisco where he works as a translator.