Voice of Hidayah

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This blog is the one and only place where the Hidayah community have come together to openly talk about their experience as LGBT+ Muslims, so please take some time to have a read and if you want to submit your own post to the Voice of Hidayah, get in touch!

The London Faith and Community Awards 2021

adminDecember 4, 20212 min read

Alhamdulillah, Hidayah won an award this week! The London Faith and Community Awards, to be exact. This is a big deal. So much of the time, being a queer Muslim means feeling excluded from religious spaces for being too queer, and not quite fitting into queer spaces for…

Transgender Day of Remembrance, through the lens of a Trans Muslim.

Hidayah UKNovember 19, 20216 min read

By the Girl in the Green Hijab Trigger warning: topics of violence, rape, sexual abuse, police brutality, abandonment, murder, and death. Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, As-salaamualaikum siblings. My name is Uma and I am here today to talk to you about the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Briefly, I…

“Hidayah; I Feel at Home” – Importance of Systemic, Community Support for Intersectional British, Gay, Pakistani, Muslim Males – by Muhammed Ali for Hidayah UK

Hidayah UKNovember 15, 202119 min read

This blog post provides a community perspective on the importance of community support for intersectional British, Gay, Pakistani, Muslim Males (BGPMM) by considering what impact sexuality-affirming environments have on individuals. To illustrate this, I will be drawing on primary research interviews. Whilst this blog addresses communal support, other…

Life in the UK as an LGBTQI+ Muslim

adminSeptember 12, 20211 min read

Hidayah UK is excited to release our long awaited survey entitled “Life in the UK as an LGBTI+ Muslim” Our Research team investigates what trends are common within the LGBTQI+ Muslim community, the ethnic breakdown and shared experiences of the community. Life-in-the-UK-as-a-LGBTQI-Muslim-Research-Report-2Download

Lucy’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20212 min read

My name is Lucy and I am a Muslim female identifying as lesbian. I grew up with an Atheist father and Christian mother and was a practising Christian myself during my early adult life. I’ve always had a strong faith in God. I realised I was attracted to…

Ferhan’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20216 min read

Ferhan is a Muslim and identifies as a queer genderfluid male. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland to an Afghan father and Punjabi mother. We lived in a suburb which had a sizeable Muslim minority. I was raised in a conservative Muslim community and was fully committed to…

Alaya’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20213 min read

Alaya is a Muslim and identifies as a gay cisgender woman. I’m a 28 year old with a Bangladeshi background. I grew up in a strict Muslim household in Bradford. We’d pray most of our salah together as a family, including the dreaded (now, beloved) Fajr prayer. Looking…

Umber’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20213 min read

Umber is a Muslim and identifies as queer and agender. I’m 25, born and raised in London to Pakistani parents. My mother raised me and my brother alone in West London. I went to a few private schools which my dad paid for but at home with my…

Choi’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20216 min read

Choi is a Muslim and identifies as bisexual and female. I’m a middle class Far East Asian Londoner who grew up in a homophobic part of London. I also lived in a Muslim country where there was an unofficial L, G & T scene. Note the missing B…

Hasan’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20214 min read

Hasan is a Muslim and identifies as gay and cis-gender (normative) I live, and was born, in Rochdale. Being 18, which is young to many people, I am still growing up gay and Muslim. Although it has not been easy, it has perhaps been one of the most…