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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 nanny who was is a transgender, a…

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Queer Life in Islamic History

From the Prophet’s times to the Golden Age, from colonialism to the modern times, the LGBT community has been part of the history of Islam. History is not kind to people who lie about the minorities in their societies. That is specifically the case when you are the leader of…

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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 the Muslim community, speaks to the world through a TEDx Talk about…

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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 as they are…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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 removed in the Muslim World,…

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5 Powerful Images from Istanbul

Those of us queer and Muslim have been enjoying the pride parade in Istanbul for over a decade, using it as an example of what is possible in a Muslim-majority country. But this month’s pride has left many of us angry. Vasip Şahin, the Governor of Istanbul, who belongs to…

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5 Stories of Caitlyn in the Islamic World

The story of Caitlyn Jenner has been discussed all over the world these past two days, all starting with that beautiful cover from Vanity Fair. From Somalia to China, and everything in between, Muslims have been part of the conversation. Here are five stories on Caitlyn’s new life as a…