Ever since the landmark US Supreme Court decision on June 26 making same-sex marriage legal in the US, debate has emerged among Muslims worldwide about the merit of the ruling, with the obvious implication if they as Muslims approve or disapprove of a person being a gay while professing to be a Muslim. What we need is a sustained course of community-wide debates among all Muslims, and not just on the Internet. Preferably, we would see these discussions within major Muslim countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, and Malaysia. The history of sexuality, and its radical reconfigurations from medieval to modern times, need to enter the debates. Over the last few decades, a number of groundbreaking works of scholarship have richly enhanced our understanding of the history of sexuality among Muslims.
GenderNotices of April 24,
The legal aftermath to an attack on Christopher Columbus in the city of Santa Cruz instructs us in the folly of the current liberal obsession with installing hate crime laws in every statute book. Cosner is now being charged with vandalism. In other words, Cosner could get an extra three years because of his ideology, not because he made a mess of city property. An extra irony is that in politically correct Santa Cruz the progressives have been big supporters of hate crime laws. The liberal obsession with installing hate crimes in every statute book is one of the saddest spectacles of our age.
Memorial Day Weekend. This conference will be the first time that a conference of this scale is being organized to specifically address issues pertaining to the LGBTQ Muslim community. Conference coordinators hope that this first conference in North America will be the beginning of a movement where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning LGBTQ Muslims can create a community and an identity for themselves, living in the West.
The Al-Fatiha Foundation is an international organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trasngendered, those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their friends. Al-Fatiha's goal is to provide a safe space and a forum for LGBTQ Muslims to address issues of common concern, share individual experiences, and institutional resources. Al-Fatiha promotes the Islamic notions of social justice, peace, and tolerance through its work, to bring all closer to a world that is free from injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. Support Muslims who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and those who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Provide a supportive and understanding environment for LGBTQ Muslims who are trying to reconcile their sexuality or gender identity with Islam.