Orlando Shootings Response Prompts LGBT Muslims To Fight Bigotry On Two Fronts

'I exist, we exist. Queer Muslims exist.'

13/06/2016 15:13 | Updated 13 June 2016

Gay and trans Muslims have been forced to fight bigotry against their sexuality, gender and their religion following the massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. 

"I exist, we exist. Queer Muslims exist," wrote one person on Twitter, responding to a barrage of comments written solely about Muslims or the LGBT community, and not both. 

Others joined in on the debate and reiterated that their values were not reflected by the actions of the gunman. 

While some simply asked for both sides to "lay off" and to "stop condemning [them] for being a gay Muslim".

Sunday’s attack targeted the Florida bar, where a lone gunman of Muslim faith killed 49 people. 


Vice journalist Ahmed Shihab-Eldin highlighted that the man arrested for a planned attack on LA Pride, was not Muslim.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, human rights campaigner and founder of the AHA Foundation, wrote "No doctrine is more violent to the gay community than Islamic doctrine".

Congressman Joe Walsh hit out at Islam for "hating gays" - while LGBT Muslims proved him wrong.

Amid the calls for taking on Muslim homophobia, there were many queer Muslims just asking for visibility. 

Others from within LGBT community also rallied for people to understand that "It ain't the Muslims". 


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