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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.

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.

March 20, 2013

Associated Press have backed up an unconfirmed story about a gay man being buried to his waist, blindfolded, and stoned to death in Somalia

A gay man was allegedly stoned to death as punishment for his homosexuality in Somalia.

A militant official and a Somali resident have confirmed al-Shabab fighters stoned to death a man for carrying out the sex act, the Associated Press reports.

The resident, Yusuf Abdi, said the group buried a blindfolded man to his waist last Friday (15 March) and threw stones at him until he died.

March 2, 2013

The English language mouthpiece of terrorist group Al Qaeda has criticized President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality as valueless and pointed to openly gay congressman Barney Frank as a symbol of the corrupt American dream

Islamist terror group Al Qaeda has criticized the Obama Administration for its support for marriage equality and the election of openly gay public officials in the United States.

In the latest issue of the group’s English language mouthpiece, Inspire, an infographic attacks the US for ‘standing on no values,’ quoting President Barack Obama as saying, ‘My stance is still evolving … I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.’

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.'

February 21, 2013

Gay Muslim advocate Omar Kuddus demands a swift response to the students who called on gays to be killed for kissing

GSN reported on Tuesday (19 February) about a Manchester student who secretly filmed an extremist Muslim at his Students’ Union saying gays should be executed.

Colin Cortbus, a Middle East studies student at the university in north-west England, used a small camera to film the event. It was organized by the Muslim-led Global Aspirations of Women student group.

February 15, 2013

Valentine’s Day yesterday saw an outpouring of claims amid some British Muslims that Valentine’s Day went against Islam. But this is false, says Omar Kuddus

I find it disturbing that several Islamic groups attacked Valentine’s Day yesterday as ‘haram’ (forbidden) by Islam. This is entirely false.

Valentine’s Day is described by Wikipedia as: ‘The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.’

February 1, 2013

Tehmina Kazi talks about fighting homophobia while nurturing understanding and respect for diversity within British Muslim communities

Over the last two weeks, a flurry of amateur YouTube videos have emerged, chronicling the activities of self-appointed ‘moral vigilantes.’

Storming the streets of Tower Hamlets, they took it upon themselves to ‘confiscate’ bottles of alcohol in the clutches of public drinkers, and harassed women whose dress codes fell short of their own particular definition of modesty (which, I’m guessing, is around 99% of the UK female population, including the Muslims).

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.’

January 20, 2013

Omar Kuddus, a Muslim gay LGBT rights advocate says there is no place for Sharia law in Britain and being gay is not sinful in Islam

Omar Kuddus, a Muslim gay LGBT rights advocate spoke against the possibility of applying sharia law in the United Kingdom.

Kuddus, who is also a GSN contributor as well as director and founder of GayAsylumUK believes that the introduction of Sharia law into Britain would put LGBT people’s safety and civil rights at risk.

Appearing on the UK's Channel 4 - 4Thought program, he argues religion should have no part in civil law.

December 29, 2012

Pakistan’s Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture has been pulped after it published a series of paintings of suggestive scenes featuring Islamic clerics and undressed young men

Pakistan’s National College of Arts has closed its own academic journal following threats from Islamists after it published a series of paintings featuring homoerotic scenes of Islamic clerics and young men.

The Lahore based college pulled all copies of the journal from shelves and dissolved its editorial board following a backlash against the paintings, which may yet result in blasphemy charges being brought against college staff, the artist and others involved in the publication of the journal.

December 21, 2012

The establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France has been condemned by authorities in Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s top politicians has warned Muslims to be wary about the spread of homosexuality following the establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim said homosexuality was a major transgression in Islam and what was being practiced in Europe should not be emulated in Malaysia.