Dear MASGD community,

We know you have been waiting for an update from us the 2017 LGBT Muslim Retreat. As you know, we committed to hold the 2017 Retreat on the West Coast. However, unfortunately, despite all of our efforts, we were not able to secure a West Coast venue for this year.

Fear not!  We have secured a venue outside Philadelphia, PA. We will hold this year’s Retreat there the weekend of October 13-15, 2017.

For the sake of transparency and accountability to our community, we want to explain why we weren't able to secure a West Coast venue. We also want to express and renew our commitment to holding the 2018 Retreat on the West Coast.

What happened?


After much discussion by MASGD steering committee members and the Retreat coordinators, we made the difficult decision to not move forward with this venue. That left us without West Coast options for 2017.

We were in luck to learn that the venue we have used in the past (outside Philadelphia, PA) had availability in October. We made the decision to go there.

Why did this happen?


Will there be a future retreat on the West Coast?


We are disappointed by the circumstances that we found ourselves in, and we apologize to you for making an announcement about coming to the West Coast before a venue was secured.

We are happy to announce that the 2017 LGBT Muslim Retreat will be held October 13-16, 2017, at a venue outside of Philadelphia, PA.

We anticipate registration will begin May 8, 2017, and scholarship applications will be announced by June 5, 2017.


Note: We recognize that many people on the West Coast were looking forward to and planning on coming to a Retreat near them, therefore we will prioritize scholarships for West Coast participants.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. The MASGD Steering Committee can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Retreat Coordinators can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

With love and gratitude,

MASGD Steering Committee:

Faisal A.

imi r.

Kaamila M.

Malcolm S.
Mirna H.
Sadiya A

Sahar S
Tynan P.

Urooj A.


Retreat Coordinators:

Faisal A. - Chair

Fyzah T.

Sadiya A.

Omar S.

Cherese R.