Halle and Salma are typical university students in Ethiopia. They love to hang out with friends, watch the Olympics and be happy. But they are separated from the rest of society as a result of their being lesbians. >>>
A debate about homosexuality in Islam is beginning. But in Muslim lands persecution—and
hypocrisy—are still rife. One leaflet showed a wooden doll hanging from a noose and suggested burning or stoning homosexuals. “God Abhors You” read another. A third warned gays: “Turn or Burn”. Three Muslim men who handed out the leaflets in the English city of Derby were convicted of hate crimes on January 20th. One of them, Kabir Ahmed, said his Muslim duty was “to give the message.” >>>
The US Embassy’s hosting of Pakistan’s first lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ‘Pride Celebration’ has spurred a debate in the virtual world, where it is safest to air views on the taboo subject. Most people learnt of the celebration organised on June 26 through a statement posted in the ‘press releases’ section of the US Embassy website.
Since the 1980s, across the globe and in many Muslim contexts women have witnessed and contested a rising tide of politico-fundamentalist movements, in which social conservatives and actors linked to the religious right invoke Islam to control the expression of women's sexuality. This control comes in myriad forms and includes restricting women's mobility, socialisation and modes of dress, and their autonomous control of reproductive rights,
as well as women's ability to make free choices concerning marriage and sexual partners.