Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, London is about to host the world’s first-ever Muslim Pride Event.
The event is set to take place on April 11 and it is being organized by Imaan, the organization that managed to raise over £10,000 and is the leading Muslim LGBTQ+ charity in the U.K. The crowdfunding campaign statement of the organization read that LGBTQ+ Muslims often find themselves isolated, without community, and frequently facing biphobic, transphobic, anti-gay AND Islamophobic abuse.
According to Imaam, the event will feature panels, discussions, speakers, arts, culture, and history, and it will be a build on the incredible events they have organized in the past. The tickets for Imaan Fest are currently available to members of the public. The organization has also taken it to social media to reach queer Muslim people who might like to get involved.
One of the speakers that have been confirmed is writer and filmmaker Amrou Al-Kadhi.
Al-Kadhi said in a statement that the media has tried to control the narrative about Queer Islamic identities for far too long, and it has often thrust them into a horrific culture war, as if Islam is the mortal enemy of queer identity.
According to him, the Imaan fest and the Muslim Pride is the perfect counter-narrative to this and it will reveal the joys of queer Muslim identities and give them a chance to make their own space.