Hate crime against members of the LGBTQI+ community is on the rise in the UK and within certain communities, faith and sexuality are deemed “at odds” with each other.
It’s therefore critical that we push for inclusive representation and stand up against hatred in all forms against members of the LGBTQI+ community. This includes both within religious and secular contexts.
Voice of Salam works to call for the inclusion and respect of all members of the LGBTQI+ community and stand against anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric. From attending Pride marches, providing an open platform for critical voices within faith-based communities, calling out homophobia and transphobia online and joining critical coalitions, we want to ensure that no one is faced with prejudice because of their gender and/or sexual identity.
We recognise that #LoveIsLove and that everyone should be free to live their lives in the way they deem fit. We are all equal and love trumps hate every time!
Take action: Declare that #LoveIsLove!
Whilst we should all be proud of who we are, the reality is that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are sadly present in our societies.
In the Muslim community for example, queer (LGBTQI+) Muslims are often met with denial, isolation and at worst: abuse.
A lack of critical support within Islamic faith communities/institutions and individuals own family circles to not only recognise but celebrate sexual and gender diversity, means that a long-standing perceived dichotomy between being “queer” and “Muslim” has persisted.
We must stand with our queer siblings of all faiths and none and show that noone should be denied the right to live their life freely and face stigma, shame or abuse.
We must also show that faith and gender/sexual diversity is compatible and that there’s no room for hatred in our communities.
We’re calling on YOU (queer and non-queer) to send a solidarity message showing why we should say #LoveIsLove and “no” to hatred, isolation and abuse.
Join our campaign, by simply tweeting or tagging us on social media with your thoughts/photos and the hashtag #LoveIsLove. Thank you!
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