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