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Evening on LGBT Rights, Apostasy and Blasphemy

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4 July 2019, 6:00pm for a 6:45pm start until 10:00pm, London

Join Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All for an evening of film, poetry and a panel discussion on LGBT rights, Apostasy and Blasphemy.

Film: ‘Ferdous’ by Shakila Taranum Maan

Poetry: By Kenyan Somali Poet Halima Salat

Panel discussion: With Drew Dalton (Hidayah Chair), Jimmy Bangash (CEMB Spokesperson), Khakan Qureshi (Birmingham South Asians LGBT Founder), Nadia El Fani (Tunisian Filmmaker), Sadia Hameed (CEMB Spokesperson), Shakila Taranum Maan (British Director) and Syed Isteak Hossain Shawon (Bangladeshi LGBT activist and Editor of Boys Love World). Facilitated by Maryam Namazie (CEMB and One Law for All Spokesperson)

Nahla Mahmoud will be the MC of the evening.

Tickets are £5 waged; £3 unwaged. No tickets sold at the door. Venue will be disclosed to ticket holders a few days before the event.

For more information, please contact m.namazie@ex-muslim.org.uk.


Drew Dalton is chair of Hidayah, a British organisation that supports LGBT+ Muslims, and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sunderland. He has spent the past twenty years in charity management working with vulnerable adults and children, as a human rights, HIV and LGBTQI+ rights campaigner. Drew has published work on the topic of inequalities in academic publications as well as articles in national press and television appearances on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Halima Salat is an ex-Muslim Kenyan Somali. She defines herself as a free thinker, a rebel and an atheist. She was born Muslim but no longer believes in Islam. She was a closet non-believer for a while until when she came to live in the Netherlands 3 years ago. Halima just recently had her "coming out" declaration in Amsterdam. She has many problems with Islam but the core problem is that she truly believes Islam is against a woman's individual right to steer her own path. Halima is also a spoken word artist and reads her poetry in the few English spoken word scenes in Amsterdam.

Jimmy Bangash is a Gay Ex-Muslim Human Rights Activist living in the UK. He grew up in a traditional Pashtun family in London where he struggled with both the homophobia and ardent misogyny within his community. He is a contributing author to the book ‘Leaving Faith Behind’ a collection of stories of individuals who have left Islam and he has published poetry and prose on Sedaa; a website that gives voice to people of Muslim heritage. His activist work involves; Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Committee Member of Faith to Faithless and he is the resident Life Coach at Free Heart Free Minds where he provides one to one coaching and mental health support to Ex-Muslim in Muslim Majority Countries. As an activist, he seeks to unbridle the reins of patriarchy from gays and women of Muslim heritage. As a coach, he works to empower individuals to live lives of authenticity, wellness and self-expression.

Khakan Qureshi is the founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice - Birmingham’s first independent non funded social/support group for South Asians who identify as LGBTQI+ regardless of faith and culture. He sits on the multi-faith advisory panel for the National "Impact on Faith and Sexuality" survey created by The Ozanne Foundation, is Administrator for Gay Muslims United, an international online support group on FB, is Co-administrator for British Asians LGBTI, another online support page which attempts to support those within the UK. He is also Stonewall LGBT School Role Model, Diversity Role Model and Independent Speaker, listed on The Independent Rainbow List 2015, Shortlisted for the European Diversity Award 2016, National Diversity Award 2018 and British LGBT Award 2019. He was nominated for the NDA 2019, organised the first South Asians LGBT Conference 2018 in Birmingham and co-ordinated the LGBTIQ+ Intersectionality and Islam Conference 2019. He has written articles about his personal experiences, homophobia within South Asian communities and Islamophobia within the wider community for Attitude, Gay Times, The Gay UK, Gay Star News and other digital magazines.

Maryam Namazie is Co-Spokesperson for One Law for All, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Fitnah. She hosts a weekly television programme called Bread and Roses. She is on the International Advisory Board of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom; National Secular Society Honorary Associate; a Patron of London Black Atheists and Pink Triangle Trust; International Advisory Board Member of Feminist Dissent and a columnist for The Freethinker. The Islamic regime of Iran’s media outlets has called Namazie immoral and corrupt and did an ‘exposé’ on her entitled “Meet this anti-religion woman.” Maryam was a character in DV8 Physical Theatre’s Can We Talk About This?, which deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam. She was awarded the 2017 Henry H. Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism award; 2016 International Secularism (Laicite) Prize from the Comité Laïcité République and was honoured by the National Secular Society for her campaigning work defending free speech at universities (2016) despite attempts at barring her by Student Unions or Islamic Society efforts to intimidate her and cancel her talks. She was also awarded Atheist of the Year by Kazimierz Lyszczynski (2014); Journalist of the Year at the Dods Women in Public Life Awards (2013); selected one of the top 45 women of the year by Elle magazine Quebec (2007); one of 2006′s most intriguing people by DNA, awarded the National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year Award (2005), amongst others.

Nadia El Fani a Tunisian film-maker living in France, risks arrest and up to five years in prison if she returns to Tunisia after Islamists filed a complaint against her for her film “Neither Allah nor Master”. The film is an account of Tunisian life immediately before and after the fall of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Others films include "Ouled Lenine" and "Our breasts, our weapons!"

Nahla Mahmoud is an environment and human rights activist originally from Sudan. She works with a number of campaigns in the UK, including One Law for All and Secular Middle East and North Africa. She leads the Sudanese Humanists Group and is former Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

Sadia Hameed is a Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and has been featured in a 2016 film, "Islam's Non Believers", by award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. She is also a human rights activist and Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM Consultant, based in Gloucestershire, working in the sexual violence field, with a focus on Black Minority Ethnic women. Sadia organised a hugely successful event titled ‘Let’s Talk Honour’ in October 2016, which was held at Gloucester University. She also launched Critical Sisters. She is Winner of IKWRO Special Recognition: Activist of the Year 2017.

Shakila Taranum Maan is an award winning British Director. Her first feature film The Winter of Love (2001) was shot on location in Southall, London and opened the Raindance East Film Festival. She won the Best Art Film at the Asolo Film Festival, in 2000 for her arts documentary Alone Together. Her graduation film Ferdous (Paradise) (1990) was picked up by Frameline Distributors in San Francisco, and widely screened in North America, UK, France and Australia. This innovative short film, shot on Super 8, explores the powerful themes of ‘deviant’ sexuality in Islam. She has been at the forefront in creating radical and avant-garde British Asian theatre since the late 70’s. Her other films include A Thousand Borrowed Eyes (1995) on Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui. In 2008, Shakila completed Zakhmẻ Dil (A Scarred Heart) for Save The Children Birmingham – Positive Press, a docu/drama on refugee young unaccompanied adults, telling their stories of treacherous journey of survival. Shakila’s current projects include The Southall Story, Parda/The Veil and The Sandhurst Project.

Syed Isteak Hossain Shawon is an LGBT activist from Bangladesh and Editor of Boys Love World, which has been established in 2011 as an online Magazine for Bangladeshi LGBT Activists. The mission of the Boys Love World is to advocate and defend LGBT community and its members. Bangladeshi LGBT rights activists and bloggers from different country contributes to Boys Love World with their quality writings and engages with the readers. Boys Love World has many readers not only in Bangladesh but around the world. Our main aim is to educate mass people about LGBT community and cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity to create a safe environment where LGBT people can promote and explore their culture and work in the interests of the public benefit to remove any social exclusion. We achieve our aims and objectives by holding various events, workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Sponsors of the event include: Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, National Secular Society, One Law for All and Pink Triangle Trust.

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