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...
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Queer Life in Islamic History

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...
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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.....
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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...
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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....
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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 Powerful Images from Istanbul

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...
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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 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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