Last Valentine’s Day, Al-Fatiha, an organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBTIQQ), and their families, friends and allies as well, released the first-ever survey of LGBTIQQ Muslims.
According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA, there are at least seven Muslin countries today which still retain capital punishment for homosexuality: Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen. The situation with regard to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is unclear. Al-Fatiha attempts to promote the progressive Islamic notions of peace, equality and justice. They hope to “work in order to enlighten the world that Islam is a religion of tolerance and not hate, and that Allah (God) loves His creation, no matter what their sexual orientation might be.”
The results of the survey will guide the organization’s educational and advocacy work on behalf of LGBTIQQ Muslims. There are 54 questions concerned with cultural and religious background, social behavior, emotional health, among others. Responses are anonymous and confidential so people feel comfortable to answer openly.
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