We need to talk about Islamophobia and homophobia

Posted by ap507 at May 02, 2017 10:11 AM |
‘Queer Muslims are the objects of racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. They are made to suffer for being LGBT and Muslim,’ says Dr Alberto Fernandez Carbajal from our School of Arts

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"In June 2016, I was knee-deep in my work on queer Muslims in literature and film when the Orlando shooting took place.

"It appeared that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was a Muslim and that he claimed allegiance to ISIS. The initial predictable response was that he was just another Islamic terrorist driven by religious fanaticism.

"Later, it transpired that the man himself may have been a regular of the Pulse nightclub. According to Muslim commentators, he drank alcohol and probably had sex with men. He couldn’t be a ‘proper Muslim’.

"Here we have the ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality that sadly reigns supreme in our society.

"When will we be ready to accept that being Muslim and queer is possible? Hopefully when we start recognizing the failings in our communities..."

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