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University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a presentation by speaker, writer, organizer and activist Fail Alam.
Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. He began the first internet based email discussion group for LGBT Muslims at age 19 in Nov. 1997, 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 – or “The Beginning” – was the theme of the retreat and eventually the name of the organization founded to support Muslims who were struggling to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Alam’s presentation “Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims” has been featured at over 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.
Alam presents “Hidden Voices” at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kochoff Hall B & C in the University Center of UM-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn. For more information on his presentation, visit http://www.hiddenvoices.info. For more information about this event, call 313-593-5390 or go to http://Sao.umd.umich.edu/faisalalam.