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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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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We Are Hurting Too

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...
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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 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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