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British Muslims launch first ever pride festival

Participants take part in the annual Pride in London parade, in London, Britain July 6, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls - RC159D80C770

British Muslims take part in the annual Pride in London (Picture: Reuters)

British Muslims are launching their first ever pride festival at a time when the community is under attack more than ever.

The festival hopes to celebrate what it means to be LGTBQI and Muslim and how they do not have to choose between both identities.

LGBTQI charity Imaan is putting on the event to mark the 20 years its spent supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Muslims.

The show of solidarity follows ongoing anti-LGBT education protests outside primary schools in Birmingham.

Some Muslim parents expressed outrage at relationship and sex education (RSE) being taught as part of the national Equality Act.

Several parents launched a campaign against the educational materials, claiming it is an affront to their religious beliefs, specifically targeting the No Outsiders programme and its creator Andrew Moffat.

Lesbian campaigner Anjum Mauj said the furore over RSE is bringing out more homophobia in the Muslim community.

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She told Metro.co.uk: Homophobes are being emboldened by lack of leadership anywhere so Imaan is stepping into that position.

Members of the Imaan Muslim LGBTQI support group take part in the Pride in London parade on 06 July, 2019 in London, England. The festival, which this year celebrates 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of the British capital to celebrate the LGBT+ community. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Imaan Muslim LGBTQI support group is launching the event (Picture: Getty)

The current political climate, together with Brexit, migrant crisis, Boris, and Trump has emboldened Islamophobes too.

As LGBTQI Muslims we are caught in the middle.

On the occasion of our 20th anniversary its a very apt time to celebrate with a LGBTQI Muslim festival and celebrate our unique identities and bring some joy into the world.

Anjum, who is a trustee at Imaan, said its absolutely vital to have an LGTBQI voice for Muslims.

She said: We have hundreds of thousands of members at Imaan and many of them are not able to come out.

When I was growing, we were just not having conversations about sex and relationships.

Pride in London parade on Cockspur Street on the 7th July 2018 in central London in the United Kingdom. 30,000 marched through central London for the citys annual LGBT Pride celebration. (photo by Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Imag<a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/22/british-muslims-launch-first-ever-pride-festival-10788697/>Read More – Source</a></p>
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