Islam Resources

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) compiled a set of resources, arranged by media, regarding faith affirming resources for queer, Muslim Asian Americans:

 

ARTICLES

Human Rights Campaign Faith Resources https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/RFP_LGBTQ_Muslim_Resources.pdf https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC-MUSLIM_GUIDE.pdf https://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-islam

“I’m Muslim and I Might Not be Straight: A Resource for LGBTQ+ Muslim Youth.”

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kuPfloIByySx_WH7iSLw9RCJxsfecjlG/view

 

Muhsin Hendricks – Islamic Texts: A Source for Acceptance of Queer Individuals into Mainstream Muslim Society

https://www.equalrightstrust.org/ertdocumentbank/muhsin.pdf

 

Olfa Youssef – The Qur’an and Homosexuality

http://aminetais.com/the-quran-and-homosexuality/

Totally Radical Muslims Zine

http://www.totallyradicalmuslims.org/
a group of oakland based muslims started a zine in 2012 to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia.  we created three volumes together, which are freely shared this this website. TRM has since ended, and we hope the zines inspire other projects far and wide. the zines lifted up the perspectives of often untold muslims – the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks – through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.

 

Human Rights Campaign: Coming Home to Islam & Self (Brochure)
https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-home-to-islam-and-to-self

Is There Room in Islam for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims? By Dr. Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle / Adapted for MPV by Tynan Power

http://www.mpvusa.org/sexuality-diversity

PFLAG: Faith Resources for Muslims

https://pflag.org/resource/faith-resources-muslims

 

BOOKS

Afdhere Jama
Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith. Oracle Releasing: 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Jihad-Muslims-Coming-Activism/dp/0983716161/

Samra Habib
Islam and Homosexuality
(2 Volumes Set)

https://www.amazon.com/Islam-Homosexuality-2-Volumes-Set/dp/0313379009

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir. New York: Viking. 2019
https://www.amazon.com/We-Have-Always-Been-Here/dp/0735235007

Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle
Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims.
London: Oneworld Publications. 2010.

https://www.amazon.com/Homosexuality-Islam-Critical-Reflection-Transgender/dp/1851687017

Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Out-Islam-Lesbian-Transgender/dp/1479894672/

 

Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe
Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature

https://www.amazon.com/Islamic-Homosexualities-Culture-History-Literature/dp/0814774687/

 

BLOGS

Allah Made Me Queer

http://allahmademequeer.tumblr.com/
Faith, identity, acceptance. We are queer because that is how Allah planned it. It is not a choice, and our identities are not up for discussion.

 

The Bisexual Bangladeshi http://thebisexualbangladeshi.blogspot.com/
Coming out in inverted commas because I’m unsure as to how I feel about the term. No one should feel obligated to declare their sexuality – it is a very personal thing. However, we live in a world where people are assumed heterosexual until they assert otherwise, and as such coming out is often a practical thing you have to do. How can we expect to obtain our rights, without first asserting that we exist?

 

The Huriyah Blog

http://huriyahmag.blogspot.com/

Huriyah was a queer Muslim magazine between the years 2000 and 2010. We are now publishing content from several LGBT Muslims on issues dealing with sexuality, faith, and culture.

 

I am not Haraam

http://iamnotharaam.tumblr.com/

Welcome to the home of the “I am not Haraam” project – a blog created for LGBTQIA+ Muslims by LGBTQIA+ Muslims.

 

Haraam is an Arabic word used in Islam to mean “forbidden”. This project has been started as a way for LGBTQIA+ Muslims to stand up and proclaim that we will not allow our existence as LGBTQIA+ Muslims to be erased any longer. We are not kafirs, we are not deviant, our existence is not a sin. This is our space to say: WE ARE NOT HARAAM.

 

Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Faith (LA)

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MuslimsAgainstLGBTHate/

We are Muslims who believe in dignity and respect for all humans and pledge to stop and stand up to oppressions of all forms including hate against LGBTIQA and Queer human beings. We believe in treating people the way we would like to be treated.

 

Queer Muslims

http://queermuslims.tumblr.com/

A tumblr by and for queer muslims.

“Not queer like gay, queer like escaping definition,”- Brandon Wint

This tumblr seeks to celebrate and complicate what it means to hold multiple identities through posts with different viewpoints on what it means to hold multiple identities through posts with different viewpoints.

 

Queer Muslim Project

http://queermuslimproject.tumblr.com/

Samra Habib, a queer Muslim photographer, has been travelling through North America and Europe to take the portraits of LBGT Muslims willing to share their life stories and desire for connection.

Queer Ummah

http://queerummah.tumblr.com/

Queer Ummah is a small project started by Taylor Amari Little that aims to allow people to hear stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ Muslims. Why is this important? Often, LGBTQ+ Muslims aren’t given any safe spaces or representation, and are excluded from the rest of the Muslim community. Many LGBTQ+ people who come from religious families suffer from internal conflict and struggle with their own faith and feel that they must have one or the other: Be a Muslim or be queer. Contrary to popular belief, the two are not mutually exclusive. LGBTQ+ Muslims exist. And some of them are ready for you to listen.

 

Trans Muslims

http://trans-muslims.tumblr.com/

Transgender Muslims exist. We live, breathe, eat and pray just like anybody else in the ummah. This isn’t a space to debate or justify our existence to bigots – it’s so that people like us can connect with and support each other.

MOVIES

A Jihad for Love

https://www.amazon.com/Jihad-Love/dp/B001P9G3B0/

In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack from within and without, A JIHAD FOR LOVE is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is loudest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option.

A JIHAD FOR LOVE is the world’s first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Parvez enters the many worlds of Islam by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself. The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, Parvez makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film’s characters show for it.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Compassion Centered Islam

https://compassion-centred-islam.net https://www.facebook.com/Compassion-centred-Islam-446900425837366/

Compassion-centred-Islam.net or better known as the CCI Network was established in September 2018.  It is an initiative by Imam Muhsin Hendricks, the world’s first openly queer Imam who comes with more than two decades of knowledge and experience in queer Muslim activism. The network consists of subsidiary organizations connected to the work of Imam Muhsin Hendricks,  such as Al-Ghurbaah Foundation and the Masjidul Ghurbaah project.

We provide a safe & inclusive online space for our members.

The Network provides its members with access to critical information and training that can empower them. Here they find a supportive online community with which they can connect and through which they can feel a sense of belonging. The Network is the hub and voice of queer Muslims and other marginalized groups. This online community offers a space for networking, collaboration and relationship building across borders.

Haven: The Inclusive Muslim Union of Philadelphia

https://www.facebook.com/pg/havenimup/

An accessible and inclusive space for Muslims to connect socially, spiritually, and culturally.

 

Iftikhar Community of Texas

https://www.facebook.com/IftikharCommunity/

Iftikhar means PRIDE in Arabic, and as Queer Muslims, we take pride in our identities! Our space is open for anyone who grew up in a Muslim background or identifies as Muslim and who identifies with the LBGTQIA community. The space is respectful and confidential and accepting towards everyone regardless of where they might be in the coming out process. We are trans inclusive, bi-friendly, atheist friendly and questioning friendly.

 

KhushDC

https://khushdc.blogspot.com/

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

 

LGBT Muslims & Their Allies

https://www.facebook.com/LGBTMuslimsAndAllies/?ref=br_rs

 

Masjid al-Rabia (Chicago)

https://masjidalrabia.org/

All Muslims deserve an environment in which we can practice our faith without fear of exclusion or violence. We don’t believe it is asking too much to be uncompromisingly ourselves – as women, as queer and trans people, as “marginalized Muslims” – and still have a faith community we can come home to.

Masjid al-Rabia is an Islamic community center in Chicago providing inclusive, affirming Muslim community while fostering in an Islam that leaves no one behind.

 

The MECCA Institute (D.C.)

https://meccainstitute.org/

https://meccainstitute.org/lgbt/being-gay-and-muslim

MECCA Institute is a theological school and think tank that focuses on Progressive Islam. What is Progressive Islam? It is the kind that was practiced by Prophet Muhammad in which women, LGBT persons, and people of other faiths are welcome in the mosque. This type of Islam is always cool, always timely, and never at odds with anyone.

As such, we are an LGBT-affirming organization in which our LGBT family is part of our community in every way.

 

Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate https://www.facebook.com/MuslimsAgainstLGBTHate/?ref=br_rs

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (D.C.)

http://www.muslimalliance.org/

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. We seek to challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny and xenophobia. We aim to increase the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and to promote a progressive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equality.

MASGD hosts a retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and their partners each year.

Muslims for Progressive Values (Atlanta/L.A.)

http://www.mpvusa.org/

Since 2007 MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities worldwide. We envision a future where Muslims all over the world champion for dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world.

 

Muslim Youth Leadership Council

https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-programs/muslim-youth-leadership-council-mylc/

“I’m Muslim and I Might Not be Straight: A Resource for LGBTQ+ Muslim Youth.”

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kuPfloIByySx_WH7iSLw9RCJxsfecjlG/view

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC focuses on four main areas of work: countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, strengthening sexual health and reproductive rights for young Muslims, promoting LGBTQ rights and supporting queer Muslims, and working towards racial justice and countering anti-Blackness in our communities. Attached is a pamphlet produced by the Muslim Youth Leadership Council titled “I’m Muslim and I Might Not be Straight: A Resource for LGBTQ+ Muslim Youth.”

NOOR: LGBTQI Muslims of Seattle

http://noorseattle.tumblr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/seattleqt

An all-inclusive LGBTQI (and Questioning) confidential meeting space for individuals in the greater Seattle area that have ever identified as Muslim* We aim to build a supportive and conscious community through solidarity. We view solidarity as unity amongst folx with the common interest of removing the isolation our identities often cause.

OUTMuslim

https://www.facebook.com/pg/OutMuslim/ https://twitter.com/OutMuslim

OUTMuslim is an online community that aims to increase the visibility of queer-identifying Muslims through various digital media. The intent is for people from all walks of life to bear witness to the world of LGBTQIA Muslims, in the hopes of creating room for more widespread acceptance. OUTMuslim stands behind the idea that sacred spaces should be safe spaces, and embraces people of all faiths and identities.

 

Queer Crescent Healing

https://www.facebook.com/QueerCrescent/

https://www.instagram.com/queercrescent/

Building safety, healing arts and justice with queer and trans Muslims of color

 

Queer Muslims of Boston

https://qmob.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/QMOBoston

Queer Muslims of Boston (QMOB) builds community for Queer and Trans Muslims in the Greater Boston area. We are inclusive of all individuals who identify as Muslim and LGBTIA, Queer, or Questioning. We are committed to increasing the visibility of Queer Muslims as a group, while respecting the need for privacy of individual members.

 

Queer Muslim Project

https://www.instagram.com/thequeermuslimproject/

 

SALGA-NYC

http://www.salganyc.org/

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.

 

Texas Queer Muslims

https://www.facebook.com/groups/689112654490730/

 

VIDEOS

EXTREME(LY) QUEER MUSLIMS

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeRTgpWPTBRNcRw3Zi8G3iHuZN0FTkJU2

LGBT Muslim Videos on YouTube

http://tinyurl.com/LGBTMuslimVideos

 

PBS’ FIRST PERSON: QUEER & MUSLIM IN AMERICA

https://www.pbs.org/video/queer-muslim-in-america-rgyuo8/

 

We Resist: A Queer Muslim Perspective | El-Farouk Khaki | TEDxUTSC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXydVaieYdo