LGBT Muslims lead Birmingham's Pride Parade for the first time in its history
By Barfi Culture Team
26th May 2019

For the first time in its 22-year history, LGBT Muslims led the Birmingham Pride Parade this year. It was a big moment for the minority-within-a-minority that has traditionally felt invisible.

The symbolic move came at a time Birmingham is also dealing with protests by mostly Muslim parents against LGBT classes in other parts of Birmingham.

Khakan Qureshi, founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT, earlier wrote for Barfi Culture on how his family eventually accepted his sexuality, was among those leading the parade. Alongside him was the activist Saima Razzaq and the LGBT Muslim group Imaan.

Saima campaigns for LGBT inclusive education in schools and told "For me as a gay Muslim woman, visibility is incredibly important, it’s more important than ever before."

Thousands of people were expected to attend the annual event, which is held to make the LGBT community more visible.

Birmingham Pride is taking place over the weekend.

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