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Faisal Alam
Washington D.C., United States
Nationality American
Occupation Speaker, Writer, Activist
Known for Founded the Al-Fatiha Foundation

Faisal Alam is a gay Pakistani American man who founded the Al-Fatiha Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Muslims.

Alam arrived in the United States from Pakistan in 1987, at the age of ten, and resided in the rural middle-class town of Ellington, Connecticut. In 1997, he started an email listserv for LGBT Muslims that led to the founding of Al-Fatiha in 1998. He served as its President from 1998 until stepping down in 2004. In 2011, Alam and other LGBTQ Muslim activists were invited by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to form a Queer Muslim Working Group to evaluate the needs of the LGBTQ Muslim community. Alam was instrumental in bringing together a diverse group of seasoned leaders to undertake this project.

He is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the LGBT Program at Human Rights Watch.

Media Mentions

"21 LGBT Muslims Who Are Changing the World." The Advocate. December 20, 2016. Web

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