London to host Muslim LGBT conference
The tenth anniversary of the establishment of a leading Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support organisation will be celebrated with a conference in London next month.
Imaan is the largest network for Muslim LGBT people outside the USA.
Delegates from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the UK will be joined by representatives of the Metropolitan Police, Stonewall, the Terence Higgins Trust, UK Black Pride at the fourth LGBT Muslim Conference in London from Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October.
The conference is open to all Muslim lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people, their family, friends, and supporters.
Guests from other LGBT communities including Jewish, Christian and Baha’i organisations and non-faith groups will also attend.
“With the rise in Islamophobia since September 11th and the stark experience of homophobia in wider society, LGBT Muslim people can find themselves doubly isolated as the victims of prejudice and discrimination within the LGBT, Muslim and wider community,” said Pav Akhtar, Imaan’s Chair.
“I am proud that for the past decade Imaan has provided much needed confidence and support to its members and supporters, and that we have worked closely with the Muslim and LGBT communities to address our issues.
“There has not been a more important time or opportunity for Muslim LGBT people to stand up and speak for ourselves.”
The conference “will bring together leading figures from around the world to discuss issues of faith and sexuality and to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Muslims.”
Delegates can register for the weekend event by emailing [email protected]
Tickets start at £10 with discounts.
The programme, registration form and other details can be found online at: www.imaan.org.uk/conference.