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London to host Muslim LGBT conference



The tenth anniversary of the establishment of a leading Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support organisation will be celebrated with a conference in London next month.

Imaan is the largest network for Muslim LGBT people outside the USA.

Delegates from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the UK will be joined by representatives of the Metropolitan Police, Stonewall, the Terence Higgins Trust, UK Black Pride at the fourth LGBT Muslim Conference in London from Friday 17 October to  Sunday 19 October.

{josquote}Guests from other LGBT communities including Jewish, Christian and Baha’i organisations and non-faith groups will also attend.{/josquote}

The conference is open to all Muslim lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people, their family, friends, and supporters.

Guests from other LGBT communities including Jewish, Christian and Baha’i organisations and non-faith groups will also attend.

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London to host Muslim LGBT conference



The tenth anniversary of the establishment of a leading Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support organisation will be celebrated with a conference in London next month.

Imaan is the largest network for Muslim LGBT people outside the USA.

Delegates from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the UK will be joined by representatives of the Metropolitan Police, Stonewall, the Terence Higgins Trust, UK Black Pride at the fourth LGBT Muslim Conference in London from Friday 17 October to  Sunday 19 October.

{josquote}Guests from other LGBT communities including Jewish, Christian and Baha’i organisations and non-faith groups will also attend.{/josquote}

The conference is open to all Muslim lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people, their family, friends, and supporters.

Guests from other LGBT communities including Jewish, Christian and Baha’i organisations and non-faith groups will also attend.

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More from the summer of love!

Two weeks ago, today, I was married, for the fourth time. The first time I was married to my son’s mother more than 25 years ago and the last three to the man I have been living with for the last nine years. It seemed that every time the law changed we got married; hopefully, this will be the last time. Until we get to Brasil, at least…

{josquote}We had asked for the blessing from both our families in hopes that we might have a Bahá’í ceremony, but alas, it was not to be.{/josquote}

. . .

In Brasil, I asked M’s family for their blessing, and they gladly gave it. Back in the states, Milton asked mine, and was treated to a treatise as to why marriage should only be between a man and woman. It was humiliating and deeply sad for us and for those at the wedding and reception who had wished they might have come around. But in the end my son, Spencer stood as our best man, and dear friend Jeri stood as our matron of honor at the small civil ceremony at the county courthouse. We had asked for the blessing from both our families in hopes that we might have a Bahá’í ceremony, but alas, it was not to be.

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New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere

In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”

The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses.

In a videotaped message given to gay community leaders at a dinner on May 17, Mr. Paterson described the move as “a strong step toward marriage equality.” And people on both sides of the issue said it moved the state closer to fully legalizing same-sex unions in this state.

{josquote}Very shortly, there will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, and probably thousands and thousands and thousands of gay people who have their marriages recognized by the state{/josquote}

“Very shortly, there will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, and probably thousands and thousands and thousands of gay people who have their marriages recognized by the state,” said Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, a Democrat who represents the Upper West Side and has pushed for legalization of gay unions.

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The Bahá'í Faith on Homosexuality

The Bahá'í Faith is a beautiful religion in many ways. For example, it advocates the harmony of humanity irrespective of race, gender, or country. It also teaches that religions should reconcile their differences and seek agreement. Indeed, the Bahá'í Faith accords very closely with secular ethics.

In one way, however, the Bahá'í Faith is... less beautiful. For me, the Bahá'í Faith's moral assesment of homosexuality is the main reason why I came to distrust the Faith as an infallible moral authority over my life. The reason why these teachings are so ugly is that they perpetuate the marginalization and misunderstanding of gay people within the Bahá'í community and in society at large. Besides the fact that Bahá'ís (in blocking same-sex marriage legislation) are a force preventing the full equality of all people, untold numbers of Bahá'ís must also ashamedly hide their sexual orientation from their community -- the people they love most -- because of these laws.

{josquote}...Bahá'ís are not just insulating the homophobia of other people from criticism... Bahá'ís are actually perpetrating this homophobia themselves.{/josquote}

In fact, Bahá'ís are not just insulating the homophobia of other people from criticism... Bahá'ís are actually perpetrating this homophobia themselves. As the Guardian reported a story a few months ago, a group of Bahá'í leaders in Uganda actually supported the government ministers' demand to arrest lesbian and gay human rights activists. The story was also reported in the BBC and in LifeSiteNews.com. No, this is not a merely theoretical debate: This is real life. And these teachings are having real effects on real people right now.

What's amazing, though, is that many people (Bahá'ís included) are not even aware of what the Bahá'í Faith says about homosexuality. It is for this reason that I thought it would be helpful to exhibit these writings all in one place and call your attention to them. I hope that sunlight truly is the best disinfectant, and that uncovering these ideas to public scrutiny will cause some people to reconsider them.

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