Nur Warsame is Australia’s first openly gay Islamic leader in Australia. He was born in Somalia where being homosexual is against the law, so he escape to Australia to be the one he wants to be without being judged for it.
“Reconciling spirituality with sexuality is a very difficult journey.There’s the name of the family you have to protect, the name of the community you come from. The reason it’s difficult for people to come out in the Muslim world or Islamic communities is because the losses are too high, the risks are too great, I mean there is even a risk to your life because the conservative school of thought in Islam to counter homosexuality is to be killed.”, the imam says.
As for the future of LGBT Muslims, here is what he says: “I can’t see the future or what’s going to happen however there is that element of extremism in our community so I am very cautious and I’m not one who’s easily intimidated. And I have resources in place for safety and protection so I don’t walk into a storm unless I know which direction the wind is travelling.”