And so we come to the last in this series, having explored LGBT+ people with amazing lives and positive contributions to our society. From actors to poets, musicians to doctors, astronauts to artists, each one of the people we have mentioned has enriched our society and helped further understanding into what it means to self-define as either LGBT+, straight, man, woman, bi-gendered, or something beautifully unique. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series and maybe made one or two new discoveries on the way over the last month.
Before we close the series, our last is Imam Daayiee Abdullah (1954 – )
Daayiee Abdullah is an African American gay Imam from Washington DC. He is one of three openly gay Imams in the world.
Around 2000, he joined the online Yahoo! group Muslim Gay Men. On this forum, there were many who claimed to be gay, but were intent on telling those who were seeking help that the Qur’an forbids homosexuality. Abdullah attempted to refute these comments by explaining that one is to follow the Qur’an first and the Haddith second. Through this, he began to gain popularity among homosexuals and allies across the online community. One of the reasons he began to be called Imam was because he performed many ceremonies for people in who were considered pariahs in their community due to illnesses, or the gender or religion of the person they wished to marry. Abdullah performed same-sex marriages for men and women and counselling for all couples. Along with performing these ceremonies that others would not, he married mixed couples and religiously differing couples who are from Abrahamic faiths.
Abdullah was a board member of the round table of the Al-Fatiha Foundation for several years until it closed in 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he served as part of the Queer Muslim Working Group, which evolved into the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity in 2013. Abdullah also has served on the planning team for the LGBT Muslim Retreat since 2011.
You can visit his website here: https://daayieesplaceofinnerpeace.com/MPV-WASHINGTON__DC_2.html
And read an article about him and his work HERE