16th July 2017

For Immediate Release



– Europe’s largest charity for LGBTQI Muslims raises questions about ex-Muslim march at Pride in London -

Europe’s biggest charity supporting LGBTQI Muslims, Imaan, today said that it was concerned about photographs that have emerged of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) bearing Islamophobic slogans at the Pride in London parade last weekend.

The pictures, which were published in the London Evening Standard and which are circulating on social media, bear messages that Imaan says hurt all Muslims – LGBTQI or otherwise.

Chairperson of Imaan’s Board of Trustees said:

“While we understand the frustrations of the CEMB with regard to the perceived stance of mainstream Muslims on homosexuality, Imaan feels that the banners that the group marched with serve only to deepen divisions between communities.

As a charity it is our aim to support LGBTQI Muslims who want to find their place in the Ummah (wider Muslim community) and we extend a welcome to all parties who wish to resolve the LGBTQI-Muslim divide”.

Imaan noted that the east London Mosque which was singled out by the CEMB in its protest had reacted with positive comments against homophobia – asserting that Islam does not promote hatred or homophobia and that the mosque had mounted campaigns to to condemn ‘gay-hate’ stickers in Tower Hamlets.
Imaan’s Chair continued:

“We’d like to formally invite east London mosque to a meeting to discuss ways in which together we can combat the scourge of gay-phobia, lesbian-phobia, bi-phobia and transphobia – perhaps at a joint event for Eid al Adha at east London Mosque.

We’d also like to welcome the CEMB to our future events to show that LGBTQI Muslims and Imaan are a well established community who continue to grow”.

Imaan won Pride in London’s Walking Group Award this year.

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Note to Editors

Imaan is a charity that supports LGBTQI Muslims. Founded in London in 1999, we campaign to ensure that no LGBTQI Muslim person in Britain feels excluded from their family, their faith or their communities. Imaan is a small, volunteer-led charity, led by and working for LGBTQI Muslims; we aim to represent the breadth of the Islamic faith and the range of identities and narratives of the LGBTQ community and our allies.

For further information please email: website:
 Social media: Twitter @ImaanLGBTQ Facebook

💫 Imaan Ramadan Events Programme 2017💫

Salaams and Ramadan Mubarak!
Imaan’s Trustees warmly wish all members a blessed and spiritually uplifting holy month. We are pleased to announce details of this year’s Ramadan programme.

This year Imaan will be joining forces with Pride in London and Positive East  during Ramadan.

We invite all members and allies to break fast together at these four Iftar meals:

8pm Saturday 3rd June –  at Positive East in Mile End, London
8pm Saturday 10th June – at Positive East in Mile End, London
8pm Saturday 17th June – at Positive East in Mile End, London
8pm Saturday 24th June – The Big Gay Iftar in partnership with Pride in London at St. Andrew’s  Church in Southwark, London (This is a ticketed event, buy tickets here).

For Iftars on the 3rd, 10th and 17th June, Imaan will provide some food but please bring a dish to share as well.

Please note a collection will be made and donated to The Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving crowdfund appeal for victims of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last Monday.

We look forward to seeing you, inshallah!

Happy New (ish) Year


While the world may seem to be turning darker; Imaan has some good news to start off the new year: we have new Trustees!

Treasurer: Mohammed is one of Imaan’s founding members and a former Imaan Member’s Trustee. He has volunteered with a variety of LGBT and Deaf groups as well as the Leyton Orient Trust.

Secretary: Asad is a PR Director of one of the world’s leading PR and marketing agencies. He writes extensively in the media about being a gay Muslim, most recently in the Guardian. Earlier this year he organised the big gay iftaar, which was featured on Channel 4.

Regular Trustee: Anjum has been a consultant, trainer and facilitator for over fifteen years within the public and private sector. She has professional background in project management, training and development, human resource management and diversity, inclusion and equality strategy for the public sector.

I’m confident that the new Board will set Imaan on course for the coming term so please join me in welcoming and supporting them in their new roles.

The new Trustees met in January and have started making plans for Imaan.

I’m looking forward to sharing news of our activities here soon.


Imaan Chair.

Imaan at Reading Pride 2016 – text of speech

On Saturday 3rd September, we made a surprise appearance at Reading Pride! Mas Naina, Imaan volunteer gave an impassioned speech about the challenges of being LGBTQ Muslim. Here’s the text of his speech. If you would like an Imaan volunteer to speak at your event, please email

reading prideAssalaamu Alaikkum. Peace be upon you.

I bring greetings from Imaan, the support group for LGBT Muslims. Imaan was founded in London in 1999 to address the needs of Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Thank you for having us here today.

After Orlando, we have seen so much homophobia and Islamaphobia, and it is important for us to come together and stand united as one community. Say no to hate as one community. To stand up to both homophobia and to Islamaphobia

For me, coming together at Pride like this has always been a very political statement.

I remember when I was 11 years old, walking down the road carrying my baby cousin in my arms, when a random guy stopped us, called us terrorists, and spat on me and the little child i was carrying.

What hurt me the most was not him calling us terrorists. It was not him spitting on us. It was not even the tears from my cousin’s face. What hurt me the most was the deadly silence from the people who were standing nearby, witnessing the event, but they did not dare to speak up for us.

That place of loneliness I felt that day, that feeling of isolation, that feeling of having no voice is not a place anyone should have to face.

That is a place many of us have been before. Some of us are still there.

When you grow up as an LGBT person, it can be very lonely. You feel all alone. You feel you’re the only one. You feel you are a weird person with these strange feelings. You feel utterly powerless.

Add to that, being a Muslim and tackling Islamophobia at the same time. Strangers who did not stand up for me that day are now too busy telling my mum what to wear to the beach. It becomes an unbearable situation, a feeling of loneliness and powerlessness.

That is where organisations like Imaan come in.

After googling “Is it OK to be gay and Muslim” and skipping past the first 9 results saying no, a lucky few eventually find us, and we support our members through these difficult moments.

Showing them they are not alone.

Showing them it is OK to love God, and love whoever you want to love at the same time.

Most importantly, showing them it does get better.

Imaan is run entirely by volunteers, and it’s at times like this that our resources are put to the test. I would encourage you all to not be a bystander like the others that day, to and if you can help tell one more LGBT Muslim it is OK to be who you are, and take them out of that sad, lonely place, you would have made such a big difference to that person’s life.

To find out more on how to support us, tweet us at @IMAANLGBTQ

Thank you.

Imaan at UK Pride events 2016

Imaan at UK Pride events 2016


This year has been a whopper for Imaan’s visibility at various Pride events across the UK with appearances at London, Leeds and Manchester Prides.

We hope that a visible self-led LGBTQ Muslim presence at Pride sends a strong message to those who cannot march because of fear that they are not alone.

We look forward to growing presence at future Pride events.

Imaan LGBTQI Muslim Statement on Orlando Attack


Imaan Statement on Orlando Attack


Imaan, the LGBTQI Muslim charity, condemns the attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando, Florida and mourns the victims who have lost their lives to this senseless act of violence during the holiest month of the Islamic calendar.

As an organisation, we are committed to supporting Muslims who are LGBTQI.
Because we find ourselves at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality, we face daily abuse from Islamophobes, homophobes and transphobes alike.

Hatred and violence has no place in any of the communities we belong to and we reject and resist all forms of bigotry.

We extend our love, solidarity and condolences to the Latinx LGBTQI community who have been directly impacted by this horror.

We call on the wider Muslim and LGBTQI communities to support us in both words and actions.