Queer Life in Indonesia

Queer Life in Indonesia

Indonesia does not criminalize homosexuality, cultural understanding of gender is diverse, and the country has had the oldest LGBT organizations in Asia. Did you know that President Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia? Probably. But did you know he had a...
Uluma and Homosexuality

Uluma and Homosexuality

Muslim scholars have had diverse viewpoints about sexual diversity throughout Islamic history, and global modern ethics are challenging them to step up. In the above photo Imam Daayiee Abdullah, of MECCA Institute, part of a growing number of progressive scholars in...
Qur’an and Homosexuality

Qur’an and Homosexuality

Here is a fact that many conservative Muslims either don’t know or don’t like: the Qur’an does not call for the death of gay people. Here is also another fact: the Qur’an does not call for the death of people who have gay sex. There is a chapter, or sura, in the...
Hadiths and Homosexuality

Hadiths and Homosexuality

Here is a fact that many conservative Muslims either don’t know or don’t like: “Authentic” Hadith collections don’t call for the death of gay people. Here is also another fact: “Authentic” Hadith collections don’t call for the death of people who have gay sex, as long...
Being Queer in Islam

Being Queer in Islam

Being a Muslim, to me, is much more than just belonging to a particular faith. It is a way of life, it is being part of a larger culture, and it is also, yes, being part of a particular faith. When I was born, my parents invited a local wadaad, or religious scholar,...
We Are Hurting Too

We Are Hurting Too

Those of us queer and Muslim have been deeply affected by what happened in Orlando. We are in mourning and stand with our LGBT family. Yet, we have been put in a position where on top of suffering like the rest of the LGBT community we are asked, “How does it feel to...
5 Stories of #LoveWins

5 Stories of #LoveWins

For many of us in the queer Muslim community in the West, the same-sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court in the United States was a bittersweet moment. Bittersweet because while we were celebrating this momentous victory, we were reminded how far our situation was...