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Malaysian Lesbians Arrested Under Sharia Law

By Winnie McCroy | Sep 4
Two Malaysian women were arrested this week and charged with violating the Sharia Law for being lesbians, after a dildo was found in their hotel room.

US Muslim Movement Embraces Gay and Interfaith Marriages, Female Imams and Mixed Prayers

By Gillian Flaccus | Aug 2
Omar Akersim is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder ...

Turkey to Build Separate Prisons for Gay Criminals

By Winnie McCroy | Apr 16
As if the idea of a Turkish Prison isn’t horrifying enough, the government there now says they will build separate prisons for those criminals who declare themselves to be gay.

Outrage in Pakistan Over Suggestive Pictures of Clerics & Young Boys

By Asif Shahzad | Dec 29
Pakistan’s leading art school is facing legal censure, public outrage and death threats after its journal published paintings of Islamic clerics & boys that suggested a teaching moment that went beyond the Koran.

L.A. Panel Explores Challenges of Islam and Homosexuality

By Les Spindle | Sep 29
The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Cultural Arts and Education Department looked at the challenges of being gay and Muslim in a Sept. 24 panel discussion, "Cultures in Collision: Islam and Homosexuality."

Iranian Gays Coming Out on Facebook

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 13
The recent reported executions of three gay men in Iran took place against a backdrop of protest: Gay Iranians are emerging from the closet, at least on Facebook.

Ground Zero Mosque: A Futuristic Honeycomb

Conceptual sketches of the Islamic center planned two blocks from ground zero envision a futuristic-looking building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes, with a core containing far more space for secular pursuits than religious worship.

Islamic hard-liners protest gay film festival in Indonesia; some showings cancelled

Sep 29
Dozens of Islamic hard-liners protested against an international gay film festival in Indonesia’s capital Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of several screenings.

LGBT opposition to Fla. church’s plan to burn Qurans grows

By Joseph Erbentraut | Sep 9
Equality Florida and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are among the organizations that have condemned a Gainesville, Fla., church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11, but anti-Muslim sentiments remain strong among some LGBT circles.

NYC community board head wants interfaith center

By Deepti Hajela | Aug 31
The chairwoman of the community board that voted for an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero said she believes adding an interfaith dimension would help unite people, saying a nondenominational chapel built at the Pentagon as part of a Sept. 11 memorial did just that.

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