US's First Openly Gay Imam Ministers to LGBT Muslims

The BILERICO Project
John M. Becker
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Al Jazeera America introduces us to Imam Daayiee Abdullah of Washington, D.C.’s Light of Reform Mosque, who is believed to be the first and only openly gay imam in the Americas:

He was born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At age 15, he came out to them. At 33, while studying in China, Abdullah converted to Islam, and went on to study the religion in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. But as a gay man in America, he saw that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims had unmet spiritual needs and he became an imam to provide community support.

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