LGBTQ Muslims denounce Orlando attack, call on bigots to stop inciting hatred
The move comes after the worst mass shooting involving a lone gunman in American history when US citizen Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a gay club in Florida. Mateen reportedly became angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami a few months before the attack, according to his Afghan father, Mir Seddique.
As a gay Muslim, I very much beg to differ https://t.co/1YK8HkmwTO— Raillan Brooks (@raillan_ebrooks) June 12, 2016
I'm gay and Muslim. I want to tell the Muslim community the Islamophobia being spewed now doesn't reflect my values as a gay man. #Orlando— Shawn Ahmed (@uncultured) June 12, 2016
After the gunman’s Muslim identity was revealed, most gun-toting heterosexual Americans gave predictable reactions, although GLBT gun advocates from Pink Pistol surprised many when they called on their brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings to take up arms.
#Orlando this is what Islam looks like. Gays being killed by Muslims. Islam wants gays dead. Where is Obama? He won't tell the truth.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 12, 2016
Orlando shootings. Guns don't kill people, Muslims do.— tim wookey (@timothywookey) June 12, 2016
Writing in The Guardian, LGBTQ activist Samra Habib said gay Muslims often feel the brunt of such attacks.
“We are now used to the fact that, every time a criminally-misguided Muslim commits an act of violence, the entire religion and all its followers are questioned and placed under suspicion in a way that isn’t replicated with other faiths,” Habib wrote. “We – and this of course includes queer Muslims – have to take extra care walking down the street at night and entering our mosques for fear of Islamophobic attacks.”
Muslim LGBTQ organizations such as the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity said they were “devastated” by the massacre and that “as LGBTQ Muslims, we feel compelled to speak out at this time of national tragedy to appeal for solidarity and to ask that there be no rush to assign blame to any individual or group beyond the shooter.”
Other social media users called out the double standards when it comes to stereotyping millions of people for the actions of a few.
When a homophobic ultra-orthodox Jew stabbed attendees at Jerusalem's Pride Parade a year ago, no one blamed all religious Jews for it.— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) June 12, 2016
Welsh journalist and left-wing activist Owen Jones walked out of the Press Preview segment on Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News after a male anchor insisted Islamic extremism rather than homophobia was the primary motivation for the attack.
Other Muslims have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for the families of the victims and raised up to $37,000 for the cause.
Mateen had legally purchased an assault rifle and handgun in the past two weeks and had worked as a private security officer.