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.
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.
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.
A Christian ministry that led the so-called ex-gay movement, which professes to rid people of their homosexuality, has announced that it will shut down, and its leader apologized extensively to gays for causing “pain and hurt.”
The leadership of Exodus International has announced that they are shutting their doors after 3 decades of practicing so-called ‘ex-gay’ ministry. According to a statement on the group’s web site, the board of directors was finding ‘ex-gay’ work more and more difficult, given their anti-gay words and actions.
Michael O'Loughlin tells of his cross-country journey to various American Catholic colleges and universities to - all of which in different places on a broad spectrum of social issues - to find out what it's like to be gay at a Catholic University in 2013.
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations blasted lawmakers in a joint statement to The Raw Story on Wednesday for considering emphasizing increased security along the border between the U.S. and Mexico a pre-requisite to speeding the citizenship process for undocumented immigrants already in the country.
In the spring semester of 2011, Grace University, a Midwest Christian college in Omaha, Nebraska decided to expel Danielle Powell, simply because she is gay. After her expulsion, Powell says she was told that she would have to repay the $6,300 of tuition for the semester she wasn't allowed to finish.
"A 'gay lobby' at the Vatican? My first reaction to the leaking of the words of Pope Francis was, "If this Vatican 'gay lobby' is supposed to be working for me and the LGBT movement, we ought to fire them immediately!"