Same-sex nikaahs & gay imams: how LGBTQ Muslims are reconciling faith and sexuality


Mostly, being Muslim isn’t easy. Mostly, neither is being gay. If you’re both, the odds are seriously stacked against you. But the good news is that a couple of committed groups are trying to reconcile the faith and sexuality of queer Muslims. And suddenly there are gay imams, gay mosques and gay retreats on the horizon.

One such retreat for gay Muslim men and women is being held in Philadelphia this May.

Sponsored by the Muslim Alliance for Gender and Sexual Diversity, it will be held at a private space in the suburbs of Philadelphia. And due to privacy concerns, the location will only be disclosed to those who register in advance. The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims.


LGBT – friendly Mosque Opens in France

The first gay-friendly mosque, a place of cult where gay and trans Muslims can join others with no fear nor shame, was opened in France.

With a clamorous rupture in the relationship between homosexuality and Islam, this initiative aims at guaranteeing a fundamental requirement for a sacred temple: no follower should be denied access, not even based on sexual orientation. Even if some Islamic followers consider homosexuality as a normal expression of human feelings, with no relation to negative judgments, they are still a minority. Moreover, the debate taking place under the Eiffel Tower on gay marriage led Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed to the utmost discretion, even on the position of the Tawhid Mosque. Of which we only know the location – XVIII° arrondissement in Paris. The exact address will be accessible only for those registered in the French Muslim Gay Association (HM2F).

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