Being out and being muslim

Imam Daayie Abdullah is the only openly gay imam — a Muslim community leader — in North America.

Raised a Southern Baptist, Abdullah was introduced to Islam through his contact with the Uighur population, a portion of Chinese society that has a longstanding Muslim tradition.

Imam Abdullah has spent over the last 10 years trying to bridge a gap between Islam and homosexuality. He has experienced trouble from both conservative Islamic groups and anti-gay groups. 

“It’s not for them to agree with me, or for me to disagree with them. It’s for them to understand that we have a voice, the gay and lesbian community have a voice,” he says.

Reporter: Anette Ramstad