Vandalism against campaign for gay Muslims in Berlin, Germany

A week ago, the campaign for more acceptance was launched in Berlin: “Love is halal – love is allowed”. Now there is the first case of vandalism.
On the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia of all days, the case becomes known: Vandalism at the Franklinstrasse bus stop in the Charlottenburg district.

According to the mosque, Wall Ltd. wants to carry out repairs quickly, among other things because of broken glass, and put the poster back up on Monday. Criminal charges have been filed against unknown persons.

Last Tuesday, the Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque and its contact point Islam & Diversity (AID) launched an acceptance campaign for queer Muslims. Posters with a total of five different motifs are now being displayed in Berlin. Their message: “Love is halal – love is allowed.

The campaign is directed against the prevailing view, especially within Muslim communities, that sexual diversity is forbidden in Islam. The Islam & Diversity (AID) contact point, funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, counters this: Muslim and queer – these can very well be reconciled. Among other things, the AID offers pastoral counselling, a shelter and various platforms for regular exchange.

“We cannot imagine a God who opposes the love of two people,” explains Seyran Ateş, the founder of the Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque and its managing partner. And yet queer Muslims and Muslim women are repeatedly expelled or even killed by their families.

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