HRC and American Islamic Congress to co-host Film on LGBT Muslims
March 20, 2013 by Michael Toumayan, Manager, Religion and Faith Program
The Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program and the American Islamic Congress’ Project Nur will co-host the first screening of “I am Gay and Muslim” in Washington, DC on April 3 at 6:00pm at HRC’s Equality Center, followed by a post-film Q&A discussion with Imam Daayiee Abdullah
This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. Triggered by the current political situation in which homosexuality and Islam seem irreconcilable, director Chris Belloni spent a major part of 2011 residing in Morocco to interview gay Muslims. The men portrayed in the film openly talk about the ambiguity of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation.
“For too many years now, the rhetoric coming from many Islamic leaders has demonized LGBT people. Such leaders have forced a contradiction between Islam and the LGBT community, as if coexistence were impossible and in the process have helped create a situation where LGBT people live in fear, often of being imprisoned or even put to death," writes Michael Toumayan from HRC’s Religion and Faith Program.