GSMA Celebration

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Celebration 2017

Monday, October 23—Saturday, October 28

 

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker:  Faisal Alam
Wednesday, Oct. 25 • 7 p.m. • Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

GSMA Keynote speaker Faisal Alam

GSMA Keynote speaker Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. At 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Alam organized a gathering of LGBT Muslims that led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning Muslims and their allies. Since founding Al-Fatiha, Alam has traveled around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement. Advocate Magazine, Genre Magazine, the Utne Reader, and the Equality Forum have recognized Alam for his activism, and Pride Toronto honored his “outstanding contribution in the area of spirituality that positively impacts LGBT communities.”