LBGT Leader to Speak
On Monday, Nov.
11, Faisal Alam, founder of the international LGBT Muslim group
Al-Fatiha, will speak at Oberlin. His talk, “A Living Oxymoron:
Being Queer and Muslim” will address issues that queer-identified
Muslims face in the U.S. and around the world.
Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent
who has been prominently involved with groups including Amnesty
International and the National Minority AIDS Council.
founded Al-Fatiha in 1998 to respond to the needs and concerns of
LGBT Muslims and their allies, which he felt were inadequately addressed
by many LGBT and Muslim communities alike.
now includes chapters in the United States, Canada and the United
Kingdom, and has sponsored several worldwide conferences.
talk will be held at 8 p.m. in West Lecture Hall in the new science
center. It is free and open to the public. -Rick Hoffman