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Coming Out in the Muslim Community

Ramy Eletreby | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Ramy Eletreby

One of the greatest heartbreaks in my life occurred after coming out at the age of 24: I lost my Muslim community. After my public coming out, via an article in The Los Angeles Times, and the backlash that came with it, I retreated. I distanced myself from the people I cared about.

A Positive View of LGBTQ and Living Out Islam: There Is Magic All Around

Janet Mason | Posted 06.18.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Reading two new books on LGBTQ identity gave me pause to reflect on the fact that identity is an ongoing issue for all of us -- particularly those of us in the LGBTQ community. Perhaps this is particularly true as the mainstream widens to assimilate us.

Gay Muslims Come Out In Toronto Photo Exhibit

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Many Muslims leave Islam when they find their sexuality and faith incompatible. But a new photo exhibit of gay and queer Muslims challenges that...

Ramy Eletreby's Poignant Tale Of Gay Muslim Desire

Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

Excerpted from Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy, edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi. Copyright 2014. Excerpted with p...

What Faith Leaders Are Saying About Being Gay (Some May Surprise You)

Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" said Pope Francis, a statement that many other religious leaders would do well to pay...

Gay Muslim Movie 'Naaz + Malik' Explodes Stereotypes

Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Yasmine Hafiz

An independent feature film borne out of director Jay Dockendorf's reaction to hearing about the FBI's program of secret spying in mosques in Brooklyn, "Naz + Maalik" explores the world of two closeted Muslim teens who have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance.

'There's A Place For Gays In Islam,' Says Moroccan Filmmaker

www.theatlantic.com | Jon Frosch | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion

Morocco's only openly gay filmmaker discusses the inspirations behind Salvation Army and his home country's changing attitudes toward homosexuality....

What's So Special About Russia?

Marten Weber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Anti-gay violence has to stop in every country around the globe. We cannot protest against Russia and ignore the hanging and stoning of gay teenagers in Iran or Saudi Arabia simply because we respect their religion. Where religion violates human rights, religion has to change.

Counseling, Weddings And A Prayer Space For Gay Muslims

Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

By Krista Kapralos Religion News Service (RNS) Imam Dayaiee Abdullah never knows how many people are going to show up for Friday prayers. Some ...

What if Jason Collins Was a Muslim?

Khaled A. Beydoun | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Khaled A. Beydoun

"Gay and Muslim American," for both Muslim and non-Muslim Americans, reads like an oxymoron. Yet, is a largely harmonized yet hidden identity that characterizes the experience of many Muslim American men and women.

Lesbian Muslim Unveiled: The Quest For Progressive Islam Values

SheWired | Nazly Siadate | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A good friend of mine and I were in a heated debate at Starbucks—naturally—over whether or not it’s possible to reconcile Islam with the LGBTQ c...

Police Arrest 5 Linked To Muslim 'Vigilante' Video

AP | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices

LONDON — British police say they've arrested four men linked to a video of self-proclaimed Muslim vigilantes threatening revelers on the streets...

WATCH: London's 'Muslim Patrol' Hurls Insults At Man They Believe Is Gay

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Disturbing video footage of an East London-based group identified as the “Muslim Patrol” harassing a man they believed to be gay has surfaced. ...

WATCH: Coming Out Gay In The Muslim World

Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed was 17 years old when he understood that he was in love with his Qur'an teacher. For the next ten years he struggled to separat...

Gay Muslims: The Elephant In The (Prayer) Room

F. Yusef | Posted 02.02.2013 | Gay Voices
F. Yusef

Now that we've established, I hope, that sexual orientation isn't a choice, Muslim communities need to stop sweeping the topic under the carpet and start providing the right kind of support and advice. We Muslims need to be doing far more to support the LGBT individuals among us.

Muslim Man In France Seeks To Open Mosque For Gays

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 11.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed wants to open a mosque for gay muslims in France. According to Hurriyet Daily News, Zahed realized he needed to start a ...

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Ifti Nasim

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices

In July 2011, at 64 years old, Ifti Nasim, an openly gay Muslim Pakistani poet, human rights activist and Chicago radio host (even a luxury-car salesm...

Daniel Basteiro

Mr. Gay Denmark On Coming Out -- As A Muslim

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Basteiro | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices

[Editor's note: This interview originally appeared in Spanish and has been translated.] Mr. Gay Denmark, who is also Muslim, says “it’s not eas...

You Can't Be Gay; You're Arab

Nedda Alammar | Posted 08.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Nedda Alammar

A friend of mine accidentally came out to his parents on his birthday. I say "accidentally" because he wasn't planning on it -- not ever. He's Arab.

Jaweed Kaleem

The New Radical Islam

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion

At first, the devout Muslims who gathered in a Washington, D.C., conference center seemed like they could have come from any mosque. There were women ...

Good Tidings To All: LGBTQs Still Looking For Holiday Celebrations

Ankita Rao | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Ankita Rao

Despite increased awareness, parties and worship services have not always been welcoming to the LGBTQ community. But advocacy groups, cultural organizations and mainstream religious institutions have stepped in.

Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion

Reflecting and shaping the culture in which it is embedded, religion has historically been hostile to LGBT-identified people and communities. However,...

Don't Ask, Don't Tennessee: Why Muslims And The LGBTQ Community Should Be Allies

Chris Stedman | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The Muslim and LGBTQ communities face common challenges that stem from the same problem -- that diverse communities don't have robust and durable civic ties.

A Living Hell: LGBT Iranians And The Islamic State

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Joseph Ward III

The Islamic Penal Code and other institutions across the country designed around religious doctrine have proven incapable of supporting a standard of human rights acceptable in today's world.

Gay Day or May Day

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joan Z. Shore

The irony of the gay rights movement is that it demands that sexual differences be accepted as normal while portraying these variations in an "un-normal" way. It's self-contradictory.