Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Retreat 2017 Announcement

Exciting Retreat Changes! 
The date: Fall 2017 
As our normal retreat dates fall during Ramzaan (Ramadan), we are moving the date of the retreat to the fall of 2017. This decision was made for multiple reasons. We are mindful of the challenges to attention, ability to be present with others, and physical comfort that may be experienced by those who fast for Ramzaan. Additionally, by moving the date, we ensure that those who observe Ramzaan and those who do not are not triggered by the space and by others. The retreat is a space to confront and work through those difficult spiritual hurdles that we all struggle with - this combined with fasting might be overwhelming to some.  
The location: The retreat will be moving to the west coast this year! We are narrowing down our location for a retreat site, and expect to announce our selection early in the new year. 
There are a number of reasons for this. We have loved the retreat space and our hosts, but we have outgrown that location. In recent years, a number of people have expressed concerns about accessibility, which could not be adequately addressed at our previous location. We have been solidly booked each year, as well. While we intend to keep the retreat around the same size, a bit more flexibility on numbers would help us serve our community. In addition, we have received many requests over the years from people who would like to attend a MASGD retreat on the west coast. The need to change locations is a perfect opportunity to make a west coast retreat a reality.
Interested in helping? If you are interested in being on the planning committee or have suggestions on a west coast retreat site, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LGBT Retreat 2016

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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. The 2016 Retreat brought 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 on the west coast in the fall of 2017. [Read the announcement.]


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!


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