At Muslims for Progressive Values, we understand that the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity is a sensitive topic within Muslim communities. However, as we are an organisation that firmly believes in equality, dignity and human rights for everyone, we must defend everyone and not "everyone except LGBTI people".
As Muslims we believe that we must love all of God's creatures. We strive not to discriminate against people based on their race, class or sexual orientation. While many Islamic scholars argue that homosexuality is a sin in Islam, we choose to challenge this position by shedding prejudice and listening to the position of scholars who approach sexual orientation with the perspective of love and mercy. At MPV we believe that all human beings deserve to live a life free from discrimination and abuse and therefore we support LGBTI rights completely.
We have compiled some Islamic LGBTI resources below.
SEXUALITY/DIVERSITY IN ISLAM – LITERARY ZIKR
On behalf of Muslims for Progressive Values, Tynan Power produced an adaptation of "Sexual Diversity in Islam: Is there room in Islam for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims?" This work is adapted from the chapter “Sexuality, Diversity, and Ethics in the Agenda of Progressive Muslims” by Dr. Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle in Progressive Muslims (ed. Omid Safi). Dr. Kugle shows that Islam supports many kinds of diversity—and that sexual and gender diversity in particular were acknowledged in the Qur’an and by the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). He shows that common punishments for homosexuality in Islamic countries have no basis in the Qur’an or sunnah (the record of the exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad). Dr. Kugle’s work shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims do indeed deserve a place in Islam. The project was generously funded by Human Rights Campaign.
LGBTQI LECTURE SERIES
In partnership with Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Muslims for Progressive Values presents a lecture series that seeks to dismantle the religious justification for homophobia in Muslim communities with medical, social and religious history. We have also included self-empowerment and mental health tips for LGBTQI Muslims.
LGBTQI MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS IN AUSTRALIA
Marhaba Melbourne ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Sydney Queer Muslims ( email@example.com )
LGBTQI RESOURCE ORGANIZATIONS
- Arabs for Tolerance
- Bedayaa (Egypt & Sudan)
- CALEM (Europe)
- CLGS – Pacific School of Religion
- H2M (France)
- Human Rights Campaign
- LGBT Muslim Retreat – Updates Yearly
- LGBT Muslims - Information on the Sexual Diversity of the Muslim Community
- Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD)
- Safra Project (UK)
- Salaam Canada – Queer Muslim Community
- Seattle LGBTQI Muslims (Washington State)
- Secret Garden (Netherlands)
- The Health Initiative (Georgia, USA resource for LGBTQI Health)
- The Inner Circle (South Africa)
- UK Black Pride – Updates Yearly
- Unitarian Universalist Association (International)
Note: These are external organisations not affiliated with MPV.
LGBTQI INFORMATION RESOURCES
- Scott Siraj Al-Haqq Kugle - Homosexuality in Islam (Don’t forget! Choose Muslims for Progressive Values when you purchase the book on http://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will contribute a percentage to us!)
- The Huriyah Blog
- I Am Not Haraam Blog
- Muhsin Hendricks – Islamic Texts: A Source for Acceptance of Queer Individuals into Mainstream Muslim Society
- European Union Asylum – Toolkit to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People
- Jack Fertig – Response to Tariq Ramadan
- Lani Ledisi – The 4am
- Red Summer – Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca
- Parvez Sharma – A Jihad for Love
- Pamela K. Taylor – Quranic Values as an Inspiration for Gay Marriage
- Unitarian Universalist Association – Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula
- Farouk A. Peru – Homosexuality in the Quran
- Azza Sultan – Bedayyaa – No Change For Us Without Us (English and العربية)
- Samra Habib - Queer Muslim Project
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