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...
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5 Stories of Caitlyn in the Islamic World

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....
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5 Times Turkey Stood Up for LGBT People

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....
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5 Ways Pakistan Is Gay Friendly

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 t...
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5 Muslims Who Wrote Gay Characters

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...
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5 Ways Egypt Queerizes The Arab World

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...
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5 Muslim Allies in the West

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.”...
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5 HIV/AIDS Activists in the Islamic World

5 HIV/AIDS Activists in the Islamic World

In the mid 1980s, I remember watching the Somali television and seeing a new disease take over the headlines. HIV/AIDS was so new at that time people didn’t even have a name for it. “Aydhiska,” as we now call in...
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5 Queer Couples in Islamic History

5 Queer Couples in Islamic History

The phrase “the love that dare not speak its name,” borrowed from a line in a poem by Lord Alfred Douglas, had been interpreted as a euphemism for homosexuality ever since it was mentioned in Oscar Wilde’s trial in which...
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5 Trans Activists in the Islamic World

5 Trans Activists in the Islamic World

Those familiar with the issue of transgender rights in the Muslim countries know how difficult it has been. Whereas a gay man or woman might be able to hide their sexual orientation, many of them even marrying the members of...
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