“To wear hijab or to observe covering the way that I do is an assertion that my body belongs to me."
In our conversation with Mahdia Lynn, a Muslim trans woman and founder of the Masjid al-Rabia mosque in Chicago, we discussed Mahdia's journey to Islam, gender and faith, observing the sacred month of Ramadan and more. See the conversation with Mahdia below and watch our series of videos with faith leaders on our YouTube channel.
How to Find a Welcoming Faith Community for Your Family
The number of LGBTQ+ inclusive mosques in the United States is still fairly small, but the community is growing every year. As with some Christian and Jewish denominations, because most Sunni and Shia legal bodies haven’t ruled strictly on the inclusion of transgender people there’s a wide range of welcome. Read more to find communities that are absolutely welcoming of trans people.
Masjid al-Rabia– Chicago, IL
Haven: The Inclusive Muslim Union of Philadelphia– Philadelphia, PA
Noor: LGBTQ+ Muslims of Seattle– Seattle, WA
Queer Muslims of Boston– Boston, MA
Muslims for Progressive Values Meetups:
Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle
Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith by Afdhere Jama