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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…

5 Times Turkey Stood Up for LGBT People

I have met many LGBT people in the Muslim World, and I often ask, “What country would you go if you ever left yours?” It’s not a surprise that many would say Turkey. After all, it’s one of the richest. But, Turkey is also seen as a modern country, largely…

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5 Ways Pakistan Is Gay Friendly

In 1860, the British Empire imposed its homophobic laws on India, which was much bigger than the current nation and included current-day countries like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Section 377 reads: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be…

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5 Muslims Who Wrote Gay Characters

They say a good gay story is just a story, but what about when they are written by straight people? These writers of Muslim background sat down and wrote stories about gay people. All of them had tried to present an acceptable image of the community, for their times and…

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5 Ways Egypt Queerizes The Arab World

There are currently 22 Arab nations in the Arab League including Somalia, the country of my birth. They have many things in common, including a huge appetite for Egyptian arts culture. Oum Kalthoum left us with eternal melodies in her songs, Naguib Mahfouz etched characters in our minds in his…

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5 Muslim Allies in the West

A gay Egyptian friend of mine once said to me that “being queer and Muslim when you think of an ally, you basically think of someone who doesn’t try to kill you in the name of Islam for your sexuality.” That is because in Egypt, and many other Muslim countries,…