Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Ex-Muslims Out And Proud In Pride London

Maryam Namazie with a piece on a recent Pride event in London which was attended by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

On 8 July, CEMB was at Pride in London in full force highlighting the plight of LGBT in countries under Islamic rule with bodypainting by the award-winning Victoria Gugenheim.

The march went ahead as planned, though police initially tried to remove placards with the slogan “Allah is Gay” because of complaints of “offence”.

Whilst a few were not pleased to see apostates in Pride, we were met with overwhelming and heart-warming support and solidarity. For all of those who participated, it was an unforgettable moment in the struggle for freedom of conscience, expression and the fight for LGBT rights in countries under Islamic rule.



Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson for CEMB, said:

In a world where apostasy, blasphemy and ‘immorality’ are punishable by death in many Islamic states, and religiously non-prescribed sex and women’s bodies are so despised, it becomes all the more important to celebrate them and show very clearly that people have a right to think, live and love as they choose without state or group intervention and persecution. Of course some were and will be offended by our message as we are offended by Islam and religion but offence can never be a reason to silence and threaten nor is blasphemy and offence more important than murder.


Daniel Fitzgerald, CEMB Pride organiser, said:

CEMB is challenging a narrative. Never before in the history of Pride London since its start in 1972 has a group consisting of those from a Muslim background, including refugees, come together to protest crimes committed to LGBT people in the name of Islam and topless too! These are VERY brave people who speak from direct experience. All states that have the death penalty for gays are Islamic, yet this alarming fact is ignored time and time again. No more excuses.


Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space, said:

I marched with… extraordinary activists who keep alive the idea of international solidarity. In many countries Islamic law decrees the death penalty for homosexuality and sex outside marriage. On a very corporate march we kept alive the idea that refugees are welcome, apostasy is a right and that we weep for those under constant vigilante and state death threats. My wonderful young friend marched with a banner for Xulhaz hacked to death in Bangladesh for the right to love. In some places we cannot celebrate. We honour those struggles.

1 comments :

DaithiD said...

I thought Islam is uniquely,among all religions, welcoming of gays and other minorities? And those countries with anti-gay legislation are really experiencing a legacy of colonialism that introduced this agenda into an otherwise utopia for minority rights? I even saw a progressive on twitter argue that the photos of IS with gays on top of high buildings was really the hisbah police of the Caliphate trying to save suicidal people who were throwing themselves off, and these soldiers were reaching out to stop their fall not initiating the action the western media misreported?
Holding signs saying 'Allah is Gay' is quite crude in any event, I believe the East London Mosque is demanding an apology for this.