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May 20, 2013

Muslim leaders in Britain have claimed introducing gay marriage would undermine traditional families and take away parents’ and teachers’ rights

Gay Star News yesterday (19 May) reported Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British right-wing newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

May 19, 2013

Hundreds of Muslim leaders throughout the UK have signed a letter in a unified protest against the government’s same-sex marriage bill

Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

May 9, 2013

Gay man makes controversial statement in an interview with AFP, says he feels more comfortable in Pakistan than the US

There are no gay bars, 'LGBT rights' is an unheard phrase and homosexuality is considered to be against the ruling religion - but one gay man has said he finds life easier in Pakistan than in the US.

Qasim, 41, made the controversial statement in an interview with AFP when the reporter met him and his boyfriend Ali in a coffee shop.

February 24, 2013

A religious leader in India repeatedly slams the transgender community, known as hijras, saying these individuals have 'physiological and hormonal difficulties'
 

A video in which a Muslim leader decries the transgender and intersex community has gone viral on YouTube.

The interview, translated from Hindi, shows the founder and president of India's Islamic Research Center (IRC), a non-profit organization that promotes Islamic teachings, answering a question about how the 'other' gender that is neither man nor woman fits in Islam.

Faiz Syed said in his response: 'They are what we call hijra, in our language. They are neither male nor female.'

January 25, 2013

Why Imams were right to condemn the gang trying to impose Sharia law in east London and why Islam doesn’t actually say being gay is a sin

This week GSN reported the Metropolitan Police were investigating a ‘Muslim Patrol’ in London that has been harassing men for looking ‘gay’.

This investigation was prompted by a video posted on You Tube on the weekend (19 to 20 January), which showed a group calling an unknown male a ‘bloody fag’. The video is prefaced by a logo saying ‘Islam will take over the world.’

November 4, 2012

New York City homeless shelter for LGBT youth damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is making life more difficult for those already struggling. A New York City drop-in center for homeless LGBT youth is trying to recover from water damage caused by the storm.

The Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit working with gay homeless teenagers, has a walk in center in the traditionally gay neighborhood of Chelsea (located in Manhattan). The building, a block away from the Hudson River, can no longer offer the help it has for the past seven years.

August 31, 2012

Egyptian police have arrested a man who is alleged to lead a 'gay sex network', his case has been transferred to prosecutors

Egyptian police raided beach chalets in the town of el-Arish, Sinai yesterday (30 August), arresting a man who is alleged to head a ‘gay sex network.’

Police sources told Ma’an News Agency the man is a Cairo resident and his case was transferred to prosecutors.

The circumstances of the arrest have not been disclosed nor what kind of charges could the unidentified suspect face.

April 9, 2012

Gay Muslim couple faces death threats and hate mail after ceremony

A gay Muslim couple have married in France, where it is not yet legal, with the blessing of an imam.

French-Algerian Ludovic Mohamed Zahed and his partner, Qiyam al-Din, a South African, were previously able to marry in Qiyam’s home country.

However as their union was not recognized by French authorities, an imam blessed the marriage in a ceremony held among family and a few close friends on 12 February 2012.

Ludovic recounted how the couple met last year on France 24 TV.

February 23, 2012

UAE homophobic gay cure video removed following a successful campaign

A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) working with Gay Middle East and Gay Star News.