S arah Hewitt-Clarkson is crying. The headteacher at Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham has suffered eight weeks of protests outside her school gates over her decision to teach LGBT-inclusive content to her young pupils, the vast majority of whom are Muslim. Her voice trembles with emotion. She had a particularly difficult week last week. Police were called last Sunday after LGBT-inclusivity campaigners and their children were pelted with eggs for tying supportive messages and rainbow ribbons on to her school gates. The following day, Hewitt-Clarkson estimates, about half the children at the school were withdrawn from lessons by parents. Listen to parents!
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P av Akhtar is not usually a fan of soaps. But the year-old local councillor and Unison worker has been paying special attention since EastEnders introduced its first gay Muslim character. Akhtar, the chair of Imaan, an organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims, advised the BBC on the storyline in the hope that the character of Syed Masood would help tackle the double discrimination of homophobia and Islamophobia that many gay Muslims face. Yet, so far, the taboo-busting EastEnders storyline has not sparked the expected deluge of complaints — in fact, the soap's first gay Muslim kiss attracted a healthy 7. But what is it like being gay and Muslim in the UK today? It's good that a soap opera is tackling this.
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For further information please email: info imaan. For Iftars on the 3rd, 10th and 17th June, Imaan will provide some food but please bring a dish to share as well. While the world may seem to be turning darker; Imaan has some good news to start off the new year: we have new Trustees! He writes extensively in the media about being a gay Muslim, most recently in the Guardian.
Attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people, and their experiences in the Muslim world , have been influenced by its religious, legal, social, political, and cultural history. The Quran narrates the story of the "people of Lot " destroyed by the wrath of God because they engaged in lustful carnal acts between men. However, homosexual relationships were generally tolerated in pre-modern Islamic societies ,   and historical record suggests that these laws were invoked infrequently, mainly in cases of rape or other "exceptionally blatant infringement on public morals ". In recent times, extreme prejudice against homosexuals persists, both socially and legally, in much of the Islamic world, exacerbated by increasingly conservative attitudes and the rise of Islamist movements.