In the days of the Trumpian order, American LGBT Muslims, a minority within minorities, find themselves especially vulnerable to the forces of racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. As a member of this minority community myself, I can say that the burgeoning manifestations of these forms of hatred—from threats of lynching to incinerated Pride flags to vandalized mosques—have increased our anxiety about our future in American society. One minority advocacy group, however, is challenging the bigotry head on. Born of a harrowing search for cultural and political identity, the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) remains the only formally established LGBT Muslim organization in the country. The group emerged in January 2013 from the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, which has sought to advance the cause of “full freedom, justice, and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States” for nearly three decades.
May 10 / Religion Dispatches