In a survey of American Muslims, 0% identified as lesbian or gay. Here’s the story behind that statistic

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05/28/2019

In the United States, you could count the number of mosques like Masjid al-Rabia on two hands. It’s a small community built on “five pillars of inclusivity,” including pledges to be “women-centered,” anti-racist LGBTQ-affirming and welcoming to a variety of Islamic traditions. Mahdia Lynn, a transgender woman, helped found the mosque in Chicago in 2016. For several years, Lynn attended a mosque in a small conservative Muslim community in Oklahoma, where people believed she was a straight, cisgender woman. “There was always the risk of being outed,” said Lynn, a Shiite Muslim. “But at the time, I just wanted to focus on my faith.”

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