TweetI’m Muslim and not gay! The last 3 weeks, Twin Cities have seen, one of the largest film festivals in the country, the 35th MSPIFF Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival showcasing more than 200 new films from around the world. All these years I have seen this festival developed from a small venue at the U of M film society with the legendary Al Milgram who was the the brainchild of the film festival. Now under a new leadership of Susan Smoluchowski, Executive Director, Film Society of Mpls. St. Paul who is doing a splendid job to make this festival a landmark for Twin Cities art community. But what I Want talk about here…
BelAhdan with Daayiee Abdullah the gay Imam
Tweet Daayiee Abdullah is a gay Muslim who has been fighting against discrimination and hatred towards homosexuals and Muslims alike. Through a group called the Al-Fatiha Foundation, Abdullah has been active in this campaign, and has even been perceived by many as being at the front of this campaign. Although there is much controversy, Abdullah has helped to raise awareness of the oppression of homosexuals in Islam, and is also viewed by many as a symbol of hope and evidence[peacock term] that one can be both gay and Muslim.[
Im gay & Muslim … not what you think!
TweetIm Muslim and not gay! This week I was invited to OUT Twin Cities Film Festival, that according to their website has a mission “… to connect and celebrate the diversity of the community through the art of cinema by producing a provocative annual festival showcasing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer filmmakers”. The reason I was invited, … they were showing the film “I Am Gay And Muslim:, by filmmaker Chris Belloni . The screening was at Crooked Pint Ale House; near downtown Minneapolis, a movie about gay Muslim screening in a Ale house, I didn’t expect the place will be swarming by Muslims there, however, research shows that…