Faisal Alam

UM-Dearborn welcomes Faisal Alam


"Hidden Voices - The Lives of LGBT Muslims"

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Kochoff Hall B & C, University Center

Please join the University of Michigan-Dearborn in welcoming Faisal Alam, speaker, writer, organizer and activist to our campus.  Sponsored by the UM-Dearborn Office of the Chancellor and the Office for Student Engagement.

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. Faisal began the first Internet based email discussion group (listserv) for LGBT Muslims in November of 1997 (when he was 19 years old) which marked the first time that LGBT Muslims could discuss issues of common concern in a safe environment. This listserv eventually led to the First International Retreat for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims. Al-Fatiha (which means "The Beginning" or "The Opening") was the theme of the retreat and eventually became the name of the organization founded to support Muslims who were struggling to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

Faisal's presentation "Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims" has been featured at more than 100 universities and colleges. He has spoken and presented at numerous events across the country including LGBT interfaith services, inter-religious LGBT panel discussions, at synagogues, churches, PFLAG meetings and other community events.

For more information on this presentation, visit: www.hiddenvoices.info

For more information on this and future LGBTQ and Inclusion related events, please contact the Office for Student Engagement at 313.593.5390.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.