(1977 - living) U.S.A.
Faisal Alam is a queer-identified, Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. HIV prevention educator and LGBT youth worker; founder and director of the Al-Fatiha Foundation in 1998, the first out organization for gay and lesbian Muslims; member of the Steering Committee of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable.
"We have finally taken the first steps to come together to address the issues that are important to us as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Muslim community."
Faisal began the first internet-based email discussion group in November of 1997 which eventually led to the first gathering for LGBTQ Muslims in October of 1998 in Boston. Al-Fatiha was founded at this gathering. Since that time Faisal has traveled around the country and around the world to help start local support groups for LGBTQ Muslims and chapters of Al-Fatiha. Since its formation less than four years ago, Al-Fatiha has grown to include 9 chapters in three countries (in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom). Al-Fatiha has also organized four major conferences and retreats bringing together hundreds of LGBTQ Muslims & their allies from around the world.
Faisal is a former staff member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where he helped organize the Youth Leadership Institute, which brings together 40 LGBT youth-activists from around the country for a week long issue-based and skills-based training. He has also done work in HIV/AIDS prevention and education in the Asian & Pacific Islander communities. He is currently employed at the National Minority AIDS Council, in Washington, DC.
The LGBT Religious Archives Network - http://www.lgbtran.org/Pioneers.asp
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