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Activist Faisal Alam discusses the hidden lives of LGBT Muslims in a presentation at Vassar College on April 13, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Queer activist Faisal Alam will present “Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims,” an interactive program incorporating video clips and a slide show, on Tuesday, April 13, at 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203. Free and open to the public, the presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion. This event is sponsored by Campus Life LGBTQ Programs, with generous support from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Religion Department, and the Vassar Islamic Society.
 
Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent and the founder and former director of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. Faisal has traveled across the United States and around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement.
 
Through “Hidden Voices,” which Faisal has presented at more than 60 colleges and universities, he highlights the many struggles and challenges facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and examines the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality, and gender. “Hidden Voices” aims to dispel common stereotypes and myths about Islam and explores the history of the queer Muslim movement in the United States as well as the suppression of LGBT rights around the world under the guise of the so-called “war on terror.”
 
Using his own life experience and by exploring the history of the Islamic world, Faisal strives to bring new light onto the lives of an often invisible and silent community: Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning.
 
For more information, see http://www.hiddenvoices.info.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, April 8, 2010