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GAY Rights Surface As Lebanon Prepares for Election

Ameen Rhayem could face up to a year in jail if he is charged with violating Lebanon’s Article 534 “simply for loving another man.”  The activist makes that point in a video produced by Beirut-based sexual-rights group the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) in advance of the country’s elections on Sunday, the first vote in nine years. 

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Egypt’s Coptic Pope and Same-Sex Marriage

The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, weighed in on same-sex marriage, minutes after he arrived for a historic visit in Australia last week. This comes amid intense debate in Australia ahead of a national marriage survey.

LGBTQI Islam

US Muslims and Evangelicals on Homosexuality

In a speech last summer, Trump suggested creating an ideological screening test to bar from the US Muslims who hold “the hateful ideology of Radical Islam—its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers.”

Happy grooms Jahed Choudhury, 24, and Sean Rogan, 19, who have been dating for two years, tied the knot wearing traditional golden Sherwanis in a civil ceremony at Walsall registry office - MPC Journal by Hakim khatib

First Gay Muslim Wedding Takes Place in the UK

A 24-year-old gay Muslim is believed to be the first of his faith to wed in a same-sex marriage in the UK Jahed Choudhury, who was attacked over his sexuality in the past, grew up feeling ostracised by his community for being gay. Awkwardly, in an attempt to “change” his sexual orientation, he was sent on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, forced to change his social circle and even take medication.

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My Parents Don’t Accept Me Because I Am Gay

Coming out is a difficult experience for many young people. But when your sexuality is at odds with everything you have been taught, it can be deeply traumatic. Many gay youngsters brought up in the Islamic faith face extreme opposition when they reveal their sexuality to their communities. For 26-year-old British Muslim Naman Parvaiz, it was truly terrifying.

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Arab Queers Do Exist

Years ago, in one of the many social groups that coalesce around shared interests and social affiliations of LGBT people in Egypt, we used to gather at a friend’s place and watch old shows of Sherihan’s. My friends compared her to Lady Gaga and many of us believed that in fact Sherihan anticipated Lady Gaga by a decade or more. In many of her performances, costumes and makeup, she actually outdid Lady Gaga. We were proud of an Egyptian artist who was fearless, bold in her choices and so extreme in what she could get away with, but at the same time remained irresistibly…
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LGBTQI Islam

Understanding Sexual Diversity in Islam

IS THERE ROOM IN ISLAM FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MUSLIMS? A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY DR. SCOTT SIRAJ AL-HAQQ KUGLE Some Religions Seem to View Sex As Shameful or Unclean. Is That True of Islam? No. In early Islamic history, sex was seen as a positive part of human life. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) helped people see that spiritual life and sexual life are connected. Early Muslim scholars talked about sex in a very straight-forward way as a normal, positive part of life. Al-Ghazali, a Muslim scholar who lived more than 900 years ago, called sexual pleasure a blessing…
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