'Imaanfest: Muslim Pride' on April 11 to celebrate gay and transgender members of the Muslim community
Bengaluru: London will be hosting the worlds’ first gay and transgender event.
A crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $20,000 to hold “Imaanfest: Muslim Pride" on April 11 to celebrate gay and transgender members of the Muslim community, as reported by Washington Examiner.
The event will be held indoors and features speakers, films, and an exhibition of Muslim gay and transgender history.
✨Calling all LGBTQI Muslims!✨— LGBT Foundation (@LGBTfdn) February 26, 2020
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The website further quoted Amrou Al-Kadhi, a Muslim-British filmmaker who will speak at the event, as saying, “The media has tried to control the narrative about Queer Islamic identities for too long, often thrusting us into a horrific culture war, as if Islam is the mortal enemy of queer identity.”
Imaan, as quoted by the website, is a charity that has operated for 20 years and describes itself as “the U.K.’s leading LGBTQ Muslim charity.”
“We have had to fight Islamophobia, Homophobia, Transphobia and Racism to get our voices heard and being part of this celebration is an opportunity to share the message that we are here, we are queer and some of us don’t drink beer!” said Muslim transgender activist Asifa Lahore, who will also speak at the event.
Here's another important quote published by the website.
“When you speak to members of the LGBTQ+ community, they will tell you that some of the homophobia they suffered, the attackers used this language, the same sort of language he’s used. What I want to see from our prime minister, if it is Boris Johnson, it looks like it will be, is him realising that language matters,” Khan said.
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