Faith Resources for Muslims
Muslim communities have been subjected to Islamophobia, racism, and violence based on ignorance. In some ways, the contemporary Muslim experience mirrors the LGBTQ+ experience. Support for those whose identities intersect with both communities is all the more important.
PFLAG Connects: Communities – AAPI Community: A program of PFLAG National, this is a safe, virtual online monthly meeting space for Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ people and their families.
Desi Rainbow Families and Allies: A longtime partner of PFLAG National, this is a growing group of Desi parents, allies and LGBTQ+ people all dedicated to the idea that being proud and visible, supporting others and telling our stories will transform the lives of LGBTQ+ children of all ages, and of their families.
Al-Ghurbaah Foundation: Founded in September 2018, and spearheaded by Imam Muhsin Hendricks, this is a non-profit organization based in South Africa. Al-Ghurbaah provides psycho-spiritual support services to Muslims who are marginalized based on sexual orientation, gender identity and belief; provides training and educational services to Muslim communities globally to promote an Islam that is all-inclusive and compassion-centered; and provides access to information that will empower Muslims globally to create acceptance of marginalized identities within their families, community and spiritual spaces.
Masjid al-Rabia: Masjid al-Rabia is an Islamic community center in Chicago that centers spiritual care for marginalized (Black, LGBTQ+, Disabled, and currently incarcerated) Muslims with healing justice practices in mind. Through outreach, education, and advocacy initiatives, we’ve created a faith-justice space that is safe and affirming for all Muslims.
Salaam Canada (Publications Only): While the organization has shuttered, their website and helpful publications remain available for download.
Muslims for Progressive Values: Muslims for Progressive Values advocate for human rights, social justice and inclusion in the United States and around the world by inculcating a culture rooted in human rights through public education, advocacy, and the arts.
Queer Muslims: Queer Muslims provide space for LGBTQ Muslims to express themselves, share information and resources, and connect with one another. They discourage name calling, debate about Islamic texts, or negative comments.
Coming Home to Self: This guide is aimed at LGBTQ American Muslims who are on the journey toward living fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and in their faith and its traditions.
I Am Muslim And I Might Not Be Straight – Advocates for Youth: This PDF offers support for for young Muslims around their various complicated identities: from religion to sexual orientation and gender identity. This publication is aimed as a resource for young Muslims to better understand issues around sexuality, religion, sexual health and consent.
Imaan: Based in the UK, Imaan strives to provide support for LGBTQ Muslims, their families, and their allies. Imaan promotes the Islamic values of peace, social justice, and tolerance by providing a safe space and support network to address issues of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.
Queer Muslim Revolution: Founded in 2007, this blog that collects progressive news, information, and resources for LGBT Muslims as well as their families and friends. They also have great information about books, movies, and documentaries that deal with the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity within Islam.