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Orlando shooting: Grieving LGBTQ Muslims fear backlash

Repost from The Current The aftermath of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando, Fla., by a Muslim man has some Muslims in the LGBTQ community fearing targeted homophobia and Islamophobia. “I’ve been feeling this unbearable grief and rage,” Toronto community activist Lali Mohamed told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti. “But at the same time, I’ve started really early on preparing myself for the onslaught of violent Islamophobia that already is manifesting itself – both in the Republican party but also in the LGBTQ community in Toronto.” Listen to the full 20 minute audio interview with three people who identify as queer and Muslim: May El-Abdulah, Laila Mohamed and Mehammed Mack.

From Tragedy, Some Hope: Muslim LGBTQ Look To Dispel Taboos

By Odette Yousef | WEBZ News “After Sunday, I was standing with one foot in this new camp of LGBTQ, and in this other camp of being Muslim,” she said, “and underneath my feet was just quicksand, and it was just disappearing.”- Nabeela Rasheed For many Muslims, homosexuality is discussed neither in the home nor the mosque, and it is common to fear ostracization because of one’s sexual or gender preferences. Rasheed, Mirza and a handful of other Muslim leaders said their goal was to break that taboo. “I really want an open dialogue and one where we can discuss how many different hurts we’re going through,” said Rasheed, “and how we frame our questions and how we frame this debate.” Various organizations invited people they knew might be interested. “This is an attempt to simply start the conversation,” said Omer Mozaffar, the Muslim Chaplain at Loyola University, who facilitated…