Saturday 11 April has been announced as the date for the UK’s first ever Muslim Pride festival.
LGBT+ Muslim group Imaan is coordinating the get-together, which will take place in London at a yet-to-be-announced venue.
The crowdfunded festival comes in the wake of a difficult year for the LGBT+ Muslim population, with Muslim parents at two Birmingham primary schools protesting against the teaching of LGBT-inclusive equality lessons. The parents, who were regularly joined by activists, argued that LGBT values do not sit comfortably with the Muslim faith.
Speaking about Muslim Pride, Imaan said: “We as LGBTQI Muslims often find ourselves isolated, without community and frequently facing homophobic, biphobic, transphobic AND Islamaphobic abuse.
“The event will build on the incredible events we organised in the past and feature panels, discussions, speakers, arts, culture and history - a first for LGBTQI Muslims.”
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