How welcoming will our mosques be of LGBT?
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A Saudi diplomat is seeking asylum in the US, because he is gay:
The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.
In a recent letter that he posted on a Saudi website, Asseri angrily criticized his country’s “backwardness” as well as the role of “militant imams” in Saudi society who have “defaced the tolerance of Islam.” Perhaps most provocatively of all, he has threatened to expose what he describes as politically embarrassing information about members of the Saudi royal family living in luxury in the U.S.
If he is forced to go back to Saudi Arabia — as Saudi officials are demanding — Asseri says he could face political persecution and even death.
Islam Online has a new section called “Unveiling the homosexuality.”
Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Awsam Hanna, an Egyptian psychiatrist who has experience in ‘reparative therapy’ where he is describing the ‘homosexual personality.’
It is also a part of the whole “homosexual personality,” characterized by low self-esteem, lack of social skills, disconnection from body, and emotional isolation from society with varying degrees in different individuals. The isolation is not just because of the hatred and homophobia of society, it is an element in the psychopathology (disease process) of the disorder itself. Of course the homophobia of the society adds to it, but it is not entirely caused by it.
I guess that means there is no such thing as a socially or economically successful gay person.
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‘Model student of Islam,’ regional Muslim Student Association leader, “explodes out of the closet,” founds international gay Muslim group.
Speaking at the World Outgames, Rasha Moumneh, a researcher for HRW, argued against the depoliticizing of gender and sexuality.
There is an unfortunate tendency within the movement towards a reduction of people’s multiple selves into a single aspect employed falsely in place of the whole: in this context, sexuality and gender identity. By doing this, by positing a “global gay citizen” stripped of context, of environment, of relationships, of community, of a politics, in order to sustain the myth of a “happy global gay family,” we are doing harm. As if, if we just manage to take away all this extraneous noise that is “culture” (for lack of a better word) and politics, we would then emerge with a distilled, undiluted “Essence de Gay.” And Essence de Gay is invariably white, usually male, and predominantly middle class
“We have to lay the foundation in the world, and particularly in Europe, in order to be able to take harsher steps against Iran, especially in the economic sector,” said one senior political source in Jerusalem.
The new campaign, to be overseen by the Foreign Ministry, aims to appeal to people who are less concerned with Iran’s nuclear aspirations and more fearful of its human rights abuses and mistreatment of minorities, including the gay and lesbian community.
Lucky Muslim gays to have such a champion of their human rights, and for such noble reasons…
Imagine a delighted South Asian Muslim family receiving a marriage proposal from a promising recent med-school grad for the hand of their attractive, young daughter in marriage.
In reality, the doctor is gay, the daughter is lesbian, and the two of them have found each other through the Internet to arrange a marriage of convenience. The two will go on to live communally with their respective lovers in the same house. “I get married to a lesbian, we sleep in different rooms, and remain friends. Meanwhile I can have a boyfriend.”
Here’s a short film that illustrates the scenario above. The film asserts that there are hundreds of gay Muslims in America today living in such MOC marriages – maybe even a seemingly heterosexual couple you know.
Interestingly, the narrative of the girl refers to how she grew up mostly completely separated from boys in the Muslim way and so grew close to her girlfirends, until one became her girlfriend – implying that the Islamic norm of strict sex segregation fosters homosexual connection. Recently, Umar, in his response to Yusuf Smith, referenced stories of homosexual behavior at Islamic madrassas, which again point to the possibility that strict sex segregation fosters homosexual connection.
Regarding MOCs, if we leave aside the question of whether God is happy, everybody else is. The community’s norms are not overturned, the extended family doesn’t have to “suffer” social repercussions to their fragile honor, no one has been murdered, no heterosexual winds up unknowingly married to a homosexual, and the guy gets the girl in the end. No wait…
Eh, I’m a little late this week. But last week’s MMW was chock full of fun: we looked at Syrian lingerie from another angle, pondered the interlocking oppression of Mona Awad, critique the LA Time’s profile of Aliyah Bacchus, review Slumdog Millionaire, discussed the construction of gold diggers in Muslim circles, and give mixed reviews to the coverage of Egyptian women in mosques. And, as always, a gaggle of links.