Do the students organizing this event appreciate that they can do so because this is the United States of America?

The College Fix reports:

Duke students organize ‘Queeristan’ event series to support LGBT Muslims

Muslim students at Duke University have organized a series of events to promote acceptance of homosexuality and other LGBTQ-related issues and to create a community for gay Muslims.

The event series, called Queeristan, aims to connect LGBTQ Muslims to one another at the private university in North Carolina. It is a collaboration of the school’s Center for Muslim Life and the student publication Juhood Magazine.

“As far as the CML receiving criticism here and there, the answer is yes,” Joshua Salaam, the center’s director, told The College Fix via email. The Fix had asked if the Muslim community had criticized the promotion of LGBTQ issues.

“We have a very diverse group of students on campus and they constantly engage us with their thoughts, opinions and concerns on many issues,” Salaam said. “I can only pray they continue that practice so our office can stay informed.”

He did not have data to share on the number of LGBTQ Muslims at Duke but referred The Fix to Nicholas Antonicci, the director of the school’s Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.

Antonicci did not respond to multiple emailed requests for the information from The Fix.

In October, the organizers hosted a movie night for the film “My Beautiful Laundrette,” a 1985 movie about a two gay men who run a laundromat together, according to

Queeristan also hosted a discussion titled “Homosexuality in Islam with Dr. Scott Kugle,” according to the student paper The Chronicle.


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