Thursday, February 26, 2009

Historic Survey of LGBTIQQ Muslims

Please pass this along to anyone and everyone!

Al-Fatiha is pleased to announce this week's launch of the first-ever survey of LGBTIQQ Muslims. Please complete this important survey and/or forward this message to other LGBTIQQ Muslims. The survey is available at: http://www.al-fatiha.org/survey.htm

This historic survey will gather much-needed information regarding the experiences, perspectives and concerns of Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBTIQQ). There are many Muslims who do not use these terms to describe themselves; we welcome and encourage Muslims of diverse sexualities and genders to complete this survey and share their experiences and perspectives.

Al-Fatiha's survey is for ALL Muslims, regardless of belief or practice. This means that we welcome and encourage observant Muslims, cultural Muslims, and those raised within Islamic traditions/cultures who are secular in belief, to complete this survey.

All survey responses are completely ANONYMOUS to ensure the privacy and security of our community members and to encourage the largest survey response possible. Survey results are encrypted during completion to further ensure privacy and security.

Ultimately, the results will provide vital quantitative data about the lives of LGBTIQQ Muslims, their experiences and perspectives. These results will improve Al-Fatiha's education and advocacy efforts for increased understanding and acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and religious and ethnocultural diversity within LGBTIQ communities. Survey results will be made available to Al-Fatiha community members, as well as ally groups doing education and advocacy around these important human rights concerns.

In the weeks to come, you will receive further updates and announcements regarding Al-Fatiha's on-going work, including updates about this survey. During the spring, you will also see changes at Al-Fatiha's new website: www.al-fatiha.org. Stay updated - join Al-Fatiha's mailing list: Al-Fatiha-News-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Working for full acceptance into family, faith and community,
Al-Fatiha Board of Directors

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