Describe your involvement within your campus orcommunity? What social justice, LGBT or Muslimorganizations are you involved with?“I just recently started organizing Arab LGBTQ women in (mystate), which have made us face many dangerous encounters, personal struggles and obstacles! How ever we are here andwe exist!And within that underground community there is a generalunderstanding that Islam and homosexuality can never work.and women of other religion tend to bash Islam from their ownpain from the patriarchal events they faced. Knowing moreabout this retreat and LGBT and Islam will be all brought to thegroup and discussed thoroughly .”
How will attending the retreat help you in your journey as anLGBT Muslim?"I already know that my life will be dedicated to pursuing socialand economic justice on a large scale. I know that we asMuslims can only find our liberation when we are notoppressing one another. We must have our own backyard inorder before we can pursue peace and justice as a community.And so this retreat fits into my journey because it will allow meto meet other Muslims who have the same goals, and we canshare what we have learned and come away better equipped todo this very important work. Not only will I be better informedafter attending the retreat, but I will be secure knowing that Iam doing the right work."
Describe your involvement within your campus orcommunity? What social justice, LGBT or Muslimorganizations are you involved with?“In high school I was president of the Gay-Straight AllianceIn college I worked with a group of progressive people offaith to become ambassadors to the other faithorganizations on campus. I am a religious educationteacher within the Ismaili community, as well as being acertified teacher educator and am the lead on a number ofnational projects within the community, including adultreligious education.”
Religious Identity Reform Muslim 1 Muslim, Shia, Progressive 1 Muslim & Christian 1Imami Nizar Ismaili Muslim 1 Culturally Muslim 1 Muslim 8
How will attending the retreat help you in your journey as anLGBT Muslim?"Along with struggling for my sexual identity in a hetero-normative world, I’ve been struggling for a place in my faith.To find a group of people that share not only one of myidentities, but two of them – it is a blessing and a gift. I havehad trouble figuring out where I fit in as a Muslim and aQueer, and would like to learn how others have navigated orare navigating that space."
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How will attending the retreat help you in your journey asan LGBT Muslim?“I still struggle being gay and Muslim. But the more Isurround myself with people that accept me and are like me,the more I can grow and gain more confidence as a person. Iwas very happy to find out that there are many gay Muslimslike myself and didn’t realize that there was that many. Itmade me very emotional in a good way to see that I’m notthe only one that struggles with this issue. And that I’m ableto relate and share my issues with the LGBT Muslimcommunity. It was very reassuring and I would like to attendthis upcoming 2012 retreat.”
13 LGBT Muslim Scholarship Applicants who are Ages 25 and Under. $5,000 to Support Their Attendance to the 2012 LGBT Muslim Retreat Help us bring them to this amazing, safe, open and welcoming event. Thank you for your generous support.http://www.lgbtmuslimretreat.com/donations