Inside the ‘Big Gay Iftar’ Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ+ Muslims

"With many queer Muslims estranged from their families because of their sexuality, London’s yearly Big Gay Iftar welcomes all to break the Ramadan fast.

It’s 8 PM on a Saturday in the middle of Ramadan, the month-long fasting period observed by Muslims, and I’m at a church hall in Central London. The walls have been draped with rainbow flags and around 80 guests—who span ethnicities, faiths, and nationalities—sit on cushions dotted over a huge rainbow flag that covers the floor.

We’re here for Big Gay Iftar, an event that brings the mainstream Muslim community and queer Muslims together to break their fast with a traditional evening iftar ."

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