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    Friday
    Nov092012

    Being Gay in the Muslim World

    By Monica Tan, Daily Life - November 9, 2012

    "I'm not drinking tonight," says Shabura. The 24-year-old Indonesian make-up artist takes a seductive drag of his cigarette. He is svelte and cute, with floppy hair like Leonardo DiCaprio during his teen heartthrob days.

    Like 88% of his fellow 240 million countrymen, Shabura is Muslim. And today is Friday, the traditional day of rest and prayer for Muslims. But Shabura's reason for taking a break is a little more prosaic. "I've been partying for six nights in a row and I'm exhausted!" he grins. [Read Full Story]

    Wednesday
    Jan252012

    Interview with a gay Muslim

    By Syazwan Zainal, The Malaysian Insider - January 25, 2012

    There is an over-representation of articles and stories on the imminent general election and understandably so. But being the contrarian that I am, I thought I would write something completely different.  I decided to write the story of my friend. He is a unique character: one who refuses to be pigeonholed into well-defined categories. 

    I use the word “refuses” not because he has a choice in the matter. Quite the contrary, he experienced homosexual tendencies at such an early age. It is quite hard to argue whether these tendencies came about due to nature or nurture. But that is beside the point. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Jan202012

    UK Muslims convicted in landmark gay hatred case

    By Reuters - January 20, 2012

    LONDON - Three British Muslim men were found guilty on Friday of stirring up hatred by distributing leaflets calling for the death of homosexuals in what prosecutors said was a landmark case.

    The men, from Derby, had posted and handed out pamphlets near their local mosque with the title "Death Penalty?" featuring a mannequin hanging from a noose and saying gay people would go to hell. [Read Full Story]

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    Tuesday
    Dec132011

    Islamic Extremists Call for Lesbian's Death

    By Paul Canning, Care2 - December 13, 2011

    An Islamist group called for a Muslim lesbian author to be killed and invaded a discussion on Islam in Amsterdam last week.

    A December 8 debate, which included the Canadian Muslim lesbian author Irshad Manji and MP Tofik Dibi on a panel, was disrupted when extremists from the group Sharia4Belgium stormed the event, held at the De Balie theater in Amsterdam. The mob threw eggs and called for Manji’s neck to be broken.

    The group of about 20 men and boys arrived halfway through the evening, chanted slogans and pelted the audience with eggs. A police mobile unit had to be called to eject the rioters, and two Belgian men aged 19 and 22 were arrested. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Nov142011

    Gay, Muslim groups relieved by changes to bullying bill

    By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service - November 14, 2011

    Gay and Muslim groups say they are relieved after a Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.

    State Sen. Rick Jones, a Republican, inserted a carve-out for a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” in the Senate version of the bill. The state House of Representatives’ version of the bill did not include the provision.

    Jones on Monday said he would drop his amendment and vote for the House version after critics said the language could allow gay, Muslim or other minority students to face harassment. [Read Full Story]