For many, being a gay Muslim isn’t easy, even in a liberal country like Germany. Some Muslim communities discriminate against LGBT+ community members and exclude those who dare to come out publicly.
The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, which funds 900 mosques in Germany, fuels prejudices by saying that Islam does not allow for people to be gay and compares it with religiously banned acts of drinking alcohol or eating pork.
Seyran Ateş, the founder of the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, experienced this intolerance firsthand last year, when the mosque opened. She was sent thousands of hateful messages and death threats. She needed a personal security guard to even leave the house.
Because of this kind of discrimination, many people remain in the shadows, torn between their religious community and their identity.
Seyran’s center will be the first project in the country to offer much needed counseling to LGBT+ Muslims and help them reintegrate into their communities.
Can you help make the center come true by chipping in today?
This campaign is being run in conjunction with the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque.
Published: 27 July 2018