Insights from an LGBT Muslim

I came across a wonderful article about a young Muslim woman who recently identified herself as LGBT. Her story is very inspirational and hopefully, you’ll feel the same way about your own faith experiences and identity.

Meet Kendyl Noor Aurora, the Tattooed Hijab

The beautiful thing about stories like this is that they are stories of today’s people in today’s world dealing with faith on their terms and identity on their terms as well. People finding inner peace with faith and identify when it seems like society views the notion of LGBT people as some kind of affront to God or some kind of unnatural phenomena that is sinful or disgusting. Controversy seems to define the atmosphere and environment surrounding any LGBT person who wishes to participate in religious activities and religious culture and worship. Why the controversy?

Is it that people still cling to a very black or white worldview and very strict, almost entirely singular interpretation of their Scriptures? Are people generally unwilling to entertain the idea that any passage of any Scripture might invoke different meanings and different messages to the individual? Or, is it possible that the ancient sacred writings are being misread, misinterpreted or misapplied here in the 21st century as they also might have been in the 19th and 20th century? Maybe we will never get the full messages as they were intended at the time they were originated?

In any event, in the present day, people should have the right to be spiritual people and persons of faith and they should obviously have a right to their identities. But for those that feel to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender is somehow a challenge or act of rebellion against God, how should the LGBT community respond?

If people were to observe the diversity within nature but also consider what is in the heart and character of the LGBT person, they would see the intentions of that person. It is not my intentions, for example, to be a transgender woman and insult God or challenge His creation or to rebel against His will. I appreciate His creations and appreciate that though I am not comfortable with my body 100%, I am grateful that I have a body and a soul and a mind and still an opportunity to express myself creatively, intelligently, and femininely within the means I am given. I don’t see things as though God had made a mistake in my being born male. I see it as a challenge and a test not just for myself, but for those around me. I have a spirit or soul that is very female yet I experience the world mainly through male experiences until I can transcend the shell and focus more on the female soul that needs to be nourished and encouraged.

God has presented me with unique challenges that afford me unique experiences. But I am granted the freedom to explore all avenues of my being. So long as I am honest and sincere with God throughout, there is no rebellion or challenge to God or any act of deception going on here.

Anyhow… enjoy the article and be free to be your true self!



About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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