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Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally http://ping.fm/5EKf3
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Historically, I am reminded that for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause of celebration, but rather a National Day of Mourning, remembering the real significance of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 as a symbol of persecution and genocide of Native Americans and the long history of bloodshed with European settlers.
I am also reminded of my Two-Spirit Native American brothers and sisters who struggle with their families and tribes not approving of their sexual identities and gender expressions as many of us do with our families and faith communities.
Remembering Two-Spirits This Thanksgiving-OpEd
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Faisal Alam, the founder of the longest running Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Muslim support group in today’s society, came to CSU this week to enlighten students about the presence of GLBT and Muslim individuals.
Monday, November 07, 2011
"I saw people from Brazil, Spain, from China, from Japan -- Muslims from all over the world speaking different languages..." http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/07/world/meast/hajj-pilgrimage-ireport/
Sunday, November 06, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
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I'll be on the road and speaking at a number of universities in the coming weeks.
If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello. :)
University of North Texas - October 4, 2011
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Oct. 10, 2011
Ohio State University - October 11, 2011
Virginia Tech - October 13, 2011
Bridgewater State University - October 17, 2011
Colorado State University - October 19, 2011
Georgia Southern University LGBT Conference - October 22, 2011
College of William and Mary - October 25, 2011
James Madison University - October 26, 2011
Virginia Commonwealth University - October 27, 2011
Miami University (Ohio) - November 2, 2011
Montclair State University - November 14, 2011
"Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims" aims to highlight the many struggles and challenges facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and to examine the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality and gender.
Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent and the founder and former director of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. Faisal has traveled across the country and around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement.
Using his own life experience and by exploring the complex history of the Islamic world, Faisal strives to bring new light onto the lives of an often invisible and silent community: Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning.
More information on my presentation can be found at http://www.hiddenvoices.info.
You can also follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faisal-Alam/129264817125767
and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/faisalalam
My blog is at http://faisal-alam.blogspot.com/.
If you'd like to meet up for coffee or tea, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to meeting many of you.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner
The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative
The Honorable Keith Ellison, United States Representative
The Honorable Donald Payne, United States Representative
Her Excellency Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador, African Union Mission
His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
His Excellency Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Her Excellency Huda Ezra Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain
His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
His Excellency Bienvenu Joseph Charles Foe-Atangana, Ambassador of Cameroon
His Excellency Adam Bechir Mahamoud, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad
His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti
His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Mory Karamoko Kaba, Ambassador of Guinea
His Excellency Bayney Ram Karran, Ambassador of Guyana
His Excellency Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of Indonesia
His Excellency Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
His Excellency Micahel Scott Oren, Ambassador of Israel
His Excellency Aziz Mekour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
Her Excellency Aminata Maiga Djibrilla, Ambassador of Niger
Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan
His Excellency Mr. Maen Areikat, Ambassador, PLO Mission
His Excellency Ali Bin Fahad Faleh Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation
His Excellency Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of Senegal
His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone
His Excellency Subhas Chandra Mungra, Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname
His Excellency Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Ambassador of Tanzania
His Excellency Edawe Limbiye Kadangha Bariki, Ambassador, Togo
His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Yousif Mana Saeed Alotaiba, Ambassador, United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan
His Excellency Abdulwahab A. Al Hajjri, Ambassador of the Republic Yemen
His Excellency Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador and Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference
The Honorable Damir Dzanko, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Bosnia
The Honorable Sufyan Salman Qudah, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Honorable Jetish Jashari, Chargé d'Affaires at Embassy of Republic of Kosovo
The Honorable Tarek Ben Youssef, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Tunisia
Mr. Hamza Abdullah, Arizona Cardinals
Mr. Husain Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings
Ms. Dina Amer
Mrs. Durriya Badani, Brookings Institute
Ms. Faiza Arain, Los Angeles Police Department
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan
Mr. Mohamed Ali Malouche, Tunisian American Young Professionals
Mr. Akram Syed, National Association of Indian Muslims
Mrs. Mansura Shajahan
Mr. Yusuf Shajahan
Dr. Manzoor Tariq, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
Monday, August 08, 2011
THE WHITE HOUSE
Saturday, July 23, 2011
At the Kennedy airport I told the cab driver
About the YMCA
He dropped me off in front of the door.
A woman checked me in
I dropped my luggage in the room.
Came out of the room looking for a toilet.
I saw few men standing in front of the urinals
I stood in front of an empty one and released
Myself. Suddenly I noticed someone is watching me.
I looked over my shoulder.
A sailor was standing next to me
I was very impressed by the warm welcome
And American hospitality.
Being an Eastern and newly arrived in this country,
I did not want to be rude.
So I told him very politely
"Thanks but I am vegetarian."
Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Press Release: Progressive Muslims Gather in Berkeley, CA at Muslims for Progressive Values' 5th Annual Retreat
MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES TO HOLD FIFTH ANNUAL RETREAT AT PACIFIC SCHOOL OF RELIGION IN BERKELEY, CA – JULY 1 - 3, 2011
Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to establishing and nurturing progressive Muslim communities across the United States, will hold its 5th Annual Retreat at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA from July 1-3, 2011. The event is being cosponsored by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.
Founded in 2007, MPV is a non-profit community organization rooted in the Qur'anic ideal of social justice and working for the implementation of progressive values (human rights, separation of religious and state authorities, freedom of expression, LGBT rights, women's self-determination, etc.). MPV has chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Ottawa (Canada).
The 5th Annual Retreat is expected to bring together 40+ community leaders, volunteers and progressive Muslims from across the United States.
The retreat will feature renowned gender rights scholars Dr. Amina Wadud and Dr. Ghazala Anwar.
Dr. Amina Wadud, a feminist and human rights activist, made headlines in 2005 for leading a widely publicized mixed-gender Muslim prayer. Dr. Wadud is the author of "Inside the Gender Jihad: Reform in Islam" and "Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Women's Perspective."
Dr. Ghazala Anwar is a scholar of Islamic jurisprudence and Sufism. Her research has explored issues of healing, gender and sexuality in Islam. Dr. Anwar participates frequently in national and international forums on interfaith dialogue and other current issues relating to Islam. She currently teaches at the Starr King School.
"Progressive Muslims experience unique challenges. Many mosques are not supportive of our values. We often find ourselves spiritually homeless. At the same time, Islamophobia is on the rise and we are experiencing the brunt of a hostile political climate. MPV's annual retreat is a crucial component in strengthening the progressive Muslim movement and nurturing our growing community. Not only do we come together to reconnect as individuals, we engage in discourse regarding the many social justice issues impacting our daily lives. " said Sara Farooqi, Vice Chair of Muslims for Progressive Values and a coordinator of the retreat.
In discussing MPV's work, Ani Zonneveld, co-founder and Chair of Muslims for Progressive Values says "MPV addresses two major concerns: Countering radicalism within some elements of the Muslim community and pushing back against Islamophobia within our society."
Workshops and sessions at the retreat will include:Progressive Muslim Education: The Difference in Action
LGBT 101 for Muslim Allies
Zikr (Islamic Meditation)
Khadijah: A Model Worthy of Emulation
Spiritual Development and Social Action
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Sara A. Farooqi
Muslims for Progressive Values
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
"God enjoins justice, kindness, and generosity towards one's fellow humankind." - Quran 16:90
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The march is the only one of its kind in a majority-Muslim country. http://ping.fm/WeITL