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November 12, 2014

Religious authorities say only 15 to 20 participants rejected their advice

Malaysian religious authorities have said 1,000 'gender confused' individuals have joined government 'rehabilitation' programs since they were started in 2010.

The director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), Othman Mustapha, said on Monday that only 15 to 20 people had rejected the advice given at the voluntary camps, which 'are based on self-empowerment, spirituality and rehabilitation.'

November 10, 2014

Court found a state ban on cross-dressing unconstitutional

Malaysia's deputy prime minister has called for a review of last week's landmark ruling that scrapped a state Sharia enactment banning cross-dressing.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that while the government respected the Court of Appeal's decision, the Attorney-General's Chambers and Negeri Sembilan state religious department should appeal to the federal court because of its huge implications on society.

October 5, 2014

Founder of mosque says petrol and oil were used, claims vandals are to blame for the attack

A gay-friendly mosque, which opened in South Africa's Cape Town two weeks ago amid fierce criticism from the local Muslim community, was damaged by a fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 16, 2014

'Open mosque’ in Cape Town will allow male and female Muslims to worship together and welcome LGBTI people

The Muslim academic who wants to launch a woman and gay-friendly mosque in South Africa is facing death threats.

The first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial religious venue will open its doors to the public this Friday, led by academic Taj Hargey.

He says he has received several death threats over the plans, claiming he is not a real Muslim for breaking tradition.

Hargey, on the other hand, says the religious practices observed by Muslims in South Africa were old civil customs and not holy law.

September 16, 2014

A so-called ‘open mosque’ where male and female Muslims will worship together and where LGBTI people will be welcome will open its doors on Friday in the South African city of Cape Town

South Africa is to get its first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial mosque, with its doors to open to the public this Friday.

The so-called ‘Open Mosque’ will see men and women worship side by side and will welcome both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

In a move that has been controversial with more traditional Muslims, the mosque will allow women to lead prayers when there are men present and marry interfaith couples without both converting to Islam.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

July 23, 2014

An Egyptian cleric has accused extreme Islamists and terrorists of having gay anal sex together while fighting in the name of Allah

Militant Islamists and terrorists are waging ‘anal jihad’ by having gay anal sex with each other, an Egyptian cleric has claimed.

There is even a ‘fatwa’ or religious edict allowing it, says Mazhar Shahin.

But others have claimed Shahin may be simply trying to discredit the Muslim Brotherhood, who were kicked out of power last year in Egypt and who he fiercely opposes.

A video picked up by progressive online news show The Young Turks shows Shahin describing ‘anal jihad’ on Egyptian channel al-Tahrir.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

April 7, 2014

Muslim group TELL MAMA got backlash when it made gay rights champion Peter Tatchell a patron – here its boss explains why he made that decision

When the TELL MAMA project, founded on tackling anti-Muslim bigotry, invited the human rights campaigner, invited Peter Tatchell, to be one of a number of patrons for the national project, we got a surprise.

We expected some push back. But what we did not expect was a malicious smear campaign against me that suggested I was trying to reform or change Islam.

January 8, 2014

25-year-old Waleed Saleh Awedan is at least the 35th person murdered by Al-Qaida linked militants on suspicion they are homosexual in Yemen in the last two years

A motorcycle riding gunman has shot dead a 25-year-old Yemeni man on Monday over suspicions he was a homosexual.

Waleed Saleh Awedan was shot near his home in Lahj province in southern Yemen on Monday evening.

Awedan’s death is only the latest in a series of assassinations of suspected homosexuals by Al-Qaida linked militants in the Arabian Peninsula nation.

It is believed that Awedan is at least the 35th person that militants have killed because they believed they were homosexuals in a two year period.

January 4, 2014

Under the amended Syariah law, any man or woman in Pahang found “cross-dressing” could face a maximum of one year behind bars or be fined up to RM1,000, or both.

In what is seen as a sign of increasing Islamisation in a country that is officially a secular state with Islam as its official religion, the northern state of Pahang has introduced heavier penalties on "cross-dressers" under an amended Syariah law, according to local news reports.

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

December 13, 2013

A group of gay Canadian Muslims plan to open an affirming mosque where people can be themselves in the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia

A group of Halifax gay Muslims have announced plans to open an LGBTI affirming ‘unity’ mosque in their city.

Group spokesperson Syed Adnan Hussein told CBC News that while LGBTIs were free to pray in more traditional mosques in the city, he wanted to create a space could be comfortable in their LGBTI identity while practicing their faith.

October 14, 2013

Chairman of Luton Islamic Centre in Britain tells BBC Radio an ‘ideal world’ would see homosexuality punished with death

Gays would be executed in an ideal world, a leader of the Muslim community in Luton, England has said.

Abdul Qadeer Baksh made the comment during an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio.

He was debating extremism with presenter Olly Mann and the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson who has just stepped down saying the organization he founded to tackle Islamic fundamentalism has become too extremist.

October 1, 2013

Protests seem to be fizzling against Muhammad Yunus but the anger against his LGBT comments highlights the plight of millions of Bangladeshis

Bangladesh’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign, in this deeply conservative Muslim country, against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer Muhammad Yunus, whom they say should be prosecuted for supporting homosexuals.

The sudden storm is surprising because the ‘offending comments’ date from April 2012, following prosecutions of LGBTs in Uganda.

The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates.

August 29, 2013

A fifth man believed to be gay has been murdered by the militant Islamist organization

A man was murdered by suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen today (29 August) because they believed he was gay.

A security official claimed the global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama Bin Laden murdered an unsuspecting shopper.

He told the AFP Salam Ahmed Hasan in a market in Huta when armed Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike ‘opened fire’.

Hasan is believed to have died immediately.

Four other men, believed to have been gay or effeminate have been killed in similar attacks in Huta.

July 22, 2013

Canada’s progressive Universalist Muslims are seeking funds to hold an Iftar prayer and dinner for LGBT people and their friends during the holy month of Ramadan

A group seeking to fundraise to hold an LGBT friendly iftar prayer and dinner to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has nearly reached their target on the Indiegogo crowd funding website.

Canada’s Universalist Muslims are an LGBT welcoming group of progressive Muslims and they are hoping to hold the 10th Salaam Peace Iftar later this month at the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Toronto Unity Mosque.

July 20, 2013

A second Yemeni man, accused of being gay, is shot by suspected Al-Qaida linked Ansar Al Sharia militant

Al-Qaida linked Ansar Al Sharia

Yemen security officials claiming a 25-year-old man was wounded by a suspect associated to the Al-Qaida linked Ansar Al Sharia Islamist group.

The reason for the attack is the victim's alleged gay sexuality.

According to the Associated Press Mohammad Saeed was standing in front of his Huta home, the capital of the southern Lahj province, when he was wounded by an unknown assailant's gun shot.

July 17, 2013

Yemeni security officials say a 20-year-old man has been executed on suspicion of being homosexual by militants from an Al-Qaida linked group in what may be the 34th such extrajudicial killing of LGBTs in the country

Militants from the Al-Qaida linked Ansar Al Sharia islamist group have shot dead a 20-year-old they suspected of being gay in the Yemeni province of Lahj – though there is confusion over whether homosexuality is still a crime in the country.

Hashim Al Asmi was shot dead on Monday night by militants who then escaped on a motorbike.

Officials told the Washinton Post there had been 33 other gay men killed by the militant group.

Ansar Al Sharia is considered the main Al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen and is on the US’ formal list of banned terror organizations.

July 8, 2013

LGBT Somali refugees and people with HIV fear persecution if they return to Somalia from Kenya despite calls by the UN for refugees to return to rebuild the nation

LGBT Somalis living in Kenya have expressed their fears about returning to their homelands despite calls by the United Nations for refugees to return to rebuild the country.

LGBTs can technically be imprisoned for up to 14 years for same-sex conduct in Kenya compared to 3 years under Somali federal law, but the Al-Shabaab islamist militant group has enforced the death penalty against LGBTs in the areas it holds.

May 22, 2013

The motives of a woman who drove through the main gates of the House of Commons as MPs voted in favor of same-sex marriage are still unclear

Despite strict security measures, a woman managed to come within yards of British MPs as they voted on the same-sex marriage bill.

At 7.15pm last night (21 May), a woman in her 40s, dressed in a hajib, drove her red Volkswagen a few meters on to the parliamentary estate at the Carriage Gates before being halted by a security ramp.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Following a brief conversation between officers and the woman, she locked herself inside the car and refused to leave.

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.