Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Announcing the 2017 Retreat

In 2016, 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. Instead, we will hold this year's Retreat outside of Philadelphia, PA, the weekend of October 13-15, 2017.

[Read more to learn more about what happened and why we made this difficult decision.]

LGBT Retreat 2016

Support the Retreat by spreading the word, sharing our message,
or making a tax-deductible donation! 

LGBTQ Muslim Retreat in the News

Washington Post coverage of the 2013 Retreat
"At Muslim LGBTQ retreat, attendees try to reconcile their faith and sexuality." Washington Post. May 31, 2013.
Some wore T-shirts that read, “Muslim + Gay = Fabulous.” They prayed. They attended workshops about pioneering progressive Muslims. Ever heard of Isabelle Eberhardt, a.k.a. Mahmoud Saadi, a convert to Islam who challenged gender norms at the turn of the 20th century?"


Retreat sponsors

Many thanks to all the individuals and organizations that have supported the LGBTQ Muslim Retreat! 

We give special thanks to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance(NQAPIA) for serving as the fiscal sponsor for the 2014 and 2015 LGBTQ Muslim Retreats.



Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and Partners

The annual Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and Partners is a project of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity. The Retreat is organized by a committed group of volunteers, who serve as the Retreat Planning Team, under the leadership of two co-chairs. The Retreat Planning Team includes members of the MASGD Steering Committee, as well as volunteers who have attended the Retreat in previous years.  

The Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims (and Partners) has been held every year since 2011. Each year, we bring together nearly 100 people for a weekend of powerful dialogue, spiritual nourishment and emotional renewal.

We are currently planning our 2017 Retreat, which will be held October 13-15, 2017 in the Philadelphia area.


The Retreat needs your support!

The Retreat is entirely supported by the contributions of attendees and donations from our community and allies. Each year, the event seeks sponsorship, donations, and other funding.  

We are grateful to our fiscal sponsor, NQAPIA, for their assistance in processing funding for the Retreat, as well as their support for the LGBTQ Muslim community and the mission of the Retreat. 

How to get involved

There are a number of ways to support the Retreat and LGBTQ Muslims: 

  • Donate to our scholarship fund! 
  • Advertise in our program!
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  • Spread the word about MASGD and the LGBTQ Muslim Retreat!
  • Speak up against bias and misrepresentations of Muslims and LGBTQ people!


Seeking MASGD Photos

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