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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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 scho...
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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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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 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 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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5 Imams Who Are Openly Gay

5 Imams Who Are Openly Gay

When I was growing up queer and Muslim in Somalia, struggling to understand how my sexuality harmonized with my faith, I never knew there would be a day in my lifetime when there would be gay imams who were open...
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5 Muslim Nations Where Gay is Legal

5 Muslim Nations Where Gay is Legal

These are five Muslim countries where being gay is not a crime. What do they have in common? None of them were colonized by the British Empire. Many countries in the Global South, whether Muslim or otherwise, are generally using...
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