Friday, May 31, 2013

LGBTQ Muslims hold retreat, speak to media; In France, gay mosque opens

The Washington Post Style section on Friday, May 31, 2013 reports on a retreat in Pennsylvania, the LGBTQ Muslim and Partners Retreat, story by Emily Wax, here

One transgendered (Male to Female) person had converted from Baptist to Islam, finding evangelical Christianity more inimical to her than Islam. But generally, Islam has been a very tribal culture, insisting on gender norms (and strict segregation) to preserve its culture.  In Saudi Arabia, it is almost impossible for an unmarried adult woman to travel alone.  

The Washington Post says it was the first media organization to be granted access to the retreat. 

YouTube reports the opening of a gay mosque in France. 

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