People spew hate at me for being an LGBT Muslim – but I know they don’t represent my community

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04/12/2023

“I find the hate quite funny to be honest,” says Hafsa Qureshi. As a loud and proud queer person of faith, Hafsa has developed thick skin to the daily barrage of abuse she receives from fellow Muslims on social media, simply for being herself. “I find it so bizarre that people get so wound up,” she says laughing. “People tell me I’m going to hell or accuse me of trying to change Islam – but I’m literally just one person from Birmingham, I have no power!” Over the years, Hafsa has learnt that the best way of dealing with the abuse is to just laugh it off – but she says she worries about what impact hate like this has on other LGBTQ+ Muslims who are too afraid to come out. “Thankfully the vast majority of people are fine and supportive of who I am – but that minority is so loud,” she says. “It worries that LGBT Muslims are going to see the hate I get and think that they’re not welcome in this world – many queer Muslims have told me they’ve thought about taking their own lives, it really scares me.”

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