Saying they came together out of loneliness and faith, a small group of men Muuslim women who are both gay and Muslim gathered yesterday in Manhattan to explore the tricky question of how to reconcile their sexual orientation with their religion.
It is a question that gay men and women Muslim gay chat other faiths have grappled with before.
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But Muslims Muslim gay chat the United States, the organizers of the conference said, must confront even more dramatic rejection by family and culture Muslim gay chat their homosexuality. They are dealing with pressures of marriage that are beyond imaginable, where parents live to see their kids marry, and with a culture that is very strict in its gender roles.
The conference, the first of its kind in the United States, drew about 60 people from across the country and Canada and as far away as England. Most of those at the conference, including some who registered under false names, asked that their last names not be published out of fear for their Muslim gay chat or of embarrassing their families.
In big American cities, there are already gay organizations, like groups for Arabs and Muslim gay chat Asians, that include Muslims but identify themselves along secular ethnic lines.
Leaders of Al-Fatiha, which means ''the opening'' in Arabic, said they formed the group Muslim gay chat create a community for homosexuals based on a shared religion, much as gay Jews and Christians have created their own groups. Islam, like many other major religions, condemns homosexual acts and in many Islamic countries, Msulim and committing homosexual acts are crimes.
In a few countries, among them Muslim gay chat Arabia and Afghanistan, they are punishable by death. Homosexuality remains a taboo in Muslim communities all over the world, including the United States.
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Several Al-Fatiha members said they Muslim gay chat failed to find any imams, or prayer leaders, willing to speak openly with the group. Faisal said his family moved to rural Connecticut when he was 11, and Wife looking nsa plymouth developed a Muslim gay chat attachment to and identification with Islam, in part because he was the only Muslim at his school.
When he revealed his homosexuality at college in Boston, Faisal said he was asked to leave several Muslim youth groups. His parents found out when someone copied some of his Internet messages to a gay chat Love that alpharetta body and distributed them at the family's mosque. Muslim gay chat shock was voiced in both personal and religious terms.
The people at the conference said they have no illusions about changing attitudes toward homosexuality in much of the Islamic world. Al-Fatiha members said Muslim gay chat do not intend to hay their own mosque -- at least not for many years.
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