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Claiming an Identity as LGBT and Muslim

The idea of a LGBT Muslim is one that contradicts many commonly-held stereotypes; stereotypes about what a Muslim is supposed to be like and stereotypes about what a member of the LGBTQ community is supposed to be like.

But last weekend 85 people gathered in Pennsylvania to shatter these stereotypes and proudly claim their identities as LGBT and queer Muslims.

They gathered for the 3rd annual Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and Partners organized by Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) and sponsored by a number of national and local organizations including Muslims for Progressive Values.

In an environment where one can face stigma and discrimination for being either Muslim or LGBT, many at the intersections of these two communities feel that they must hide their connections to one in order to feel welcome in the other. For these attendees, the retreat offered a rare liberating space where they can fully embrace all of who they are.

This year, for the first time, two reporters attended the retreat. Read their piece in today’s Washington Post for the stories of six of the retreat participants.

At HRC we believe that we are all called to the highest ideals of our diverse faith traditions to help make manifest a world where no one has to choose between who they are, whom they love, and what they believe. We applaud the ongoing work of MASGD to promote an inclusive vision of Islam and ensure that the voices of LGBT Muslims are heard.

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