In keeping abreast of global social and political trends that impact queer Muslims, the need arose to establish a collective platform that could provide a voice for queer Muslims globally. In an attempt to address this need, The Inner Circle (TIC) in 2011 heeded the call to initiate a network for queer Muslims activists and organizations. Due to underlying prevailing conditions and challenges faced, it prompted the re-framing of this initiative in 2012. The organizations, TIC, Merhaba, Bedayaa and later Maruf took the responsibility of envisioning the Global Queer Muslim Network and conceptualized its founding documentation so that it could be actualized.
The Global Queer Muslim Network (GQMN) envisages a global Muslim community free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
To provide a platform through which the leadership of member organizations is empowered in order to create a unified voice.
Nature of the Network
The unique value of the GQMN is the integration of the importance of both governance and facilitated emotional process work among the leadership. Value is also assigned to actual regular meetings of the leadership in addition to virtual communications. The network is a safe space for member organizations.
The objectives of the network are to:
- Build bridges between the leadership of the member organizations through mentoring, training, capacity building, psychological and spiritual empowerment and the stimulation of reversible learning.
- Effect policy change at a global level through sharing knowledge and raising awareness on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.