Being Muslim and being gay are both strong identities. And I think that they are both innate identities for me. So somewhere along the line I had to reconcile the two. … Imams see me as a threat to their worldview and the way they see Islam. I don’t feel they should be threatened. It’s just another view that I would invite them to look at. My view allows queer Muslims to continue being Muslim but also to accept themselves for who they are.
—Muhsin Hendricks, the gay Muslim cleric in South Africa who leads the pro-gay religious foundation The Inner Circle, probably wouldn’t be welcome in certain (or, all) Middle Eastern countries [via]