Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) and Al-Fatiha are two Muslim voices on contemporary issues who seek to promote a theologically-sound framework for Islamic liberalism. Al-Fatiha, which was founded in 1998, has made great strides toward equality for LGBT Muslims. It organizes retreats and conferences, provides educational materials on issues related to Islam and LGBT people, and advocates on issues of immigration, asylum and human rights.
Similarly, MPV creates opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities and cultural events that have helped to establish and nurture vibrant progressive Muslim communities across the country. MPV also provides academic works written by scholars of Islam in simple and youth-friendly language through the Literary Zikr project. The first Literary Zikr entry features an adaptation of Dr. Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle’s chapter “Sexuality, Diversity, and Ethics in the Agenda of Progressive Muslims” which explicitly discusses homosexuality from an Islamic perspective. Dr. Kugle’s work demonstrates that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims do indeed deserve a place in Islam. In fact, there is a solid basis within Islam for respect and acceptance for diversity including sexual diversity.
MPV and Al-Fatiha are just two examples of Muslim allies, there are numerous other groups seeking to create an open and welcoming community for LGBT Muslims and the LGBT community as a whole. In recent years nearly a dozen Muslim community groups signed onto civil rights and faith community coalition letters in support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act and/or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law in 2009, expanded previous hate crimes statutes to include prosecution of bias crimes based on disability, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. ENDA, when enacted, will prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.