First LGBTQ+ Muslim Pride in U.K. announces date

Imaan, a British LGBT organization, has announced the date of the first "Muslim Pride" that was launched through a fundraising campaign. The event will take place on April 11 in London, in honour of the organization's 30th anniversary and will feature panels, discussions, speakers, art, culture and history. “A first for LGBTQI Muslims,” the organization said.
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"We as LGBTQI Muslims often find ourselves isolated, without community and frequently facing homophobic, biphobic, transphobic AND Islamaphobic abuse," Imaan explained in their campaign. "The event will build on the incredible events we organized in the past and feature panels, discussions, speakers, arts, culture and history – a first for LGBTQI Muslims."

They also announced an impressive list of special guests, including the American, black, bisexual Muslim activist and author Blair Imani, the British-Iraqi writer and filmmaker Amrou Al-Kadhi and trans activist and star of Channel 4's Muslim Drag Queens, Asifa Lahore.

British-Iraqi writer Amrou Al-Kadhi said in a press release: "The media has tried to control the narrative about queer Islamic identities for too long, often thrusting us into a horrific culture war, as if Islam is the mortal enemy of queer identity."

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