Dear friends and allies;
As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender (MASGD) hopes that you have had a blessed month.
During Ramadan, many Muslims take time to focus on faith and family – both family of choice and family of origin. We reflect on building deeper connections with our communities and our faith. For LGBTQ Muslims, however, this month can be challenging and extremely difficult.
LGBTQ Muslims often exist on the periphery or entirely out of sight of both the mainstream Muslim community and the LGBTQ community. Many LGBTQ Muslims encounter prejudice on multiple fronts, often leading to isolation and despair. MASGD works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims in an effort to reduce this isolation and restore hope.
MASGD’s signature program is an annual retreat for LGBTQ Muslims, their partners, and their families. This past May, more than 100 LGBTQ Muslims, partners, and families came together for the 5th Annual LGBTQ Muslim Retreat. Participants came from 5 countries, 23 U.S. States and 2 Canadian Provinces. 42% of participants attended the Retreat for the first time. 36% of participants received full or partial scholarships to attend!
The Retreat has been described as “powerful,” “healing,” “empowering,” and “life-changing.” As one participant said:
“The LGBTQ Muslim retreat was incredibly important for my non-Muslim partner and me as we begin our family and chart our joint spiritual path. The safe space that was created held us as we faced our questions and fears. Realizing there were many other folks like us was truly needed and transformative. Personally, raised in a normative Muslim household, it was liberating for me to call the Adhan (call to prayer) and lead a prayer for the first time. I will remember that experience forever and cherish truly how the retreat allowed me to step more fully into my religious identity as it intersects with my race, gender, and sexuality. Thank you so much to the teachers and organizers of the Retreat!”
MASGD helps build community for LGBTQ Muslims in myriad ways: we give voice to LGBTQ Muslims in public fora, including conferences and interfaith services, and we create intentional, supportive spaces that honor spirituality, such as through our signature event, the annual LGBTQ Muslim Retreat. Our work is critical to building connections for people living at the intersections of multiple, marginalized identities. As an all-volunteer organization, our work is made possible by the generosity of individuals like you.
As we close this blessed month of Ramadan, please consider making a contribution to MASGD and the LGBTQ Muslim community. Your tax-deductible gift allows MASGD to continue to create opportunities for LGBTQ Muslims to be represented, to find resources, and to know that they are not alone.
May the blessings of this sacred month be upon you. On behalf of the Steering Committee and MASGD, we wish you and loved ones a joyful Eid-ul-Fitr!
The MASGD Steering Committee
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