Religion and Faith

News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community

An open letter to Alan Chambers

In your apology, you said that you were sorry that you “didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on [your] side’” who were calling others names. Putting “on my side” in quotation marks in your apology was interesting to me. We have all learned how to be on particular “sides” in life and for many years, the media has worked hard to make these sides as pronounced as possible to give people a sense of drama and tension. But we do not have to live that way if we don’t want to.
 
Washington Post
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June 21, 2013

Openly gay imams serve as an affirming gleam of hope in Muslim LGBT community

Mainstream Islam has a reputation of being rabidly anti-LGBT, but that reputation is being challenged. Gay Muslims around the world are working slowly-but-surely to reach out to other LGBT Muslims looking to reconcile their identity with their faith. Read about two openly gay imams and others who are paving the way for LGBT Muslims in America and overseas.

South African Gay Muslim Cleric: open about your sexuality to have an authentic life

One of the (very) few openly gay Muslim clerics in the whole world, South African Imam Muhsin Hendricks reflected upon how Islam can be adjusted with homosexuality during a Q&A with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Hendricks, while speaking about sexuality said that it was better to come out rather than spending the life being a different person. He also set up an organization called ‘The Inner Circle’ helping gay Muslims to adjust their sexuality with the teachings of Islam.

carbonated.tv
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June 21, 2013

DC imam provides counseling, marriage, and prayer space for gay Muslims

Imam Dayaiee Abdullah never knows how many people are going to show up for Friday prayers. Some weeks, nearly a dozen men and women gather at a Quaker hall in northwest Washington, D.C., other weeks, Abdullah, a convert to Islam, sits alone.

He may be the only openly gay imam in the world, and he formed Light of Reform mosque more than two years ago so people like himself could worship without fear.

Religion News Service
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June 21, 2013

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