Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

MASGD Stands in Solidarity with Trans and GNC People on Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

Each year on November 20, we recognize the unconscionable violence that has claimed the lives of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) people. Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) identified 369 reported murders of transgender and gender-variant people that took place in 30 countries between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. The United States had the third highest number of murders, with a total of 28—more than two every month. As in past years, the overwhelming majority of victims were Black trans women and other trans women of color.

This year and every year, we know that deadly violence against transgender people is underreported, as the true names and identities of many victims are erased because they can no longer speak for themselves. As Muslims, we note with concern that only a few Muslim-majority nations report deaths that are included in the global tally. Rather than indicating that transgender and GNC people enjoy relative safety and acceptance in other Muslim-majority countries, the complete absence of reported killings is often a silent testament to the erasure of the lives and suffering of transgender victims.

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Writings on Eid and Ramadan in Azaan

Azaan features the voices of MASGD community members, who share their experiences and reflections of life as LGBTQ+ Muslims today.

  • In “The Map of Queer Iftars,” writer Jordan Alam, a queer Bangladeshi American writer, performer, and birth worker based out of south Seattle, reflects on the experience of traveling across the country and finding community along the way.

  • In “Consider the Ummah,” Yusef Bornacelli, a taqwacore muslim queer trans* activist and artist of color, shares their experience of learning about Ramadan as a new convert—and then relearning the meaning of Ramadan after finding queer Muslim community.

  • In “The Fold,” ociele hawkins, a Black nonbinary queer femme organizer, poet, and performer from Philadelphia, writes about converting at 15 in the middle of Ramadan, surrounded by a tight group of friends navigating life and death and faith.