D.C.’s Light of Reform Mosque, which formed in February and provides weekly prayer services for LGBT Muslims and others, is hosting a community forum in Washington in October that will discuss LGBT-related issues pertaining to the Islamic faith, according to Imam Daayiee Abdullah.
Abdullah said the forum will take place Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign building at 17th and Rhode Island Ave., N.W. He said U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among the speakers at the event.
The forum is being sponsored by Muslims for Progressive Values USA, a group that formed in Los Angeles in 2000 to promote, among other things, tolerance within the Islamic faith for LGBT people, Abdulla said.
He said Light of Reform Mosque holds its weekly prayer service and a discussion session every Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at a meeting room in the Cleveland Park Public Library at 3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
“All are welcome,” he said. “It’s a mixture of folks who attend, gay and straight.”
Abdullah, who founded the Light of Reform Mosque, said he became certified as an imam last year through the Toronto, Canada based El-Tawhid Juma Circle, which identifies itself as a “sacred prayer center or mosque,” he said. He said he’s also certified to perform marriages in D.C. as a clergy person.