Raise Your Gaze – Gender Variance & Sexual Diversity in Islam

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA, London. £5-£7

Gender variance & sexual diversity have always been a part of human nature, and of course a part of Islamic history and practice. And yet, this reality is often erased through patriarchal, colonial narratives.

We want to undestand how and why this has happened, what this looks like in the context of Islam and Muslim spaces, and how we can contribute to resisting it.

Join us for the fourth instalment of #RaiseYourGaze as Ghazala Anwar, Leyla Jagiella, Suhraiya Jivraj, Sabah Choudrey and others help us unpack:

– Historical & contemporary perspectives on gender & sexuality in Islam
– Prophet Lut and homosexuality in the Quran
– Sexual ethics & polyamory
– Forgotten Trans histories
– Gender beyond the binary
– Community healing & resistance to homophobic & transphobic violence
– Queer-Muslim alliance building
– Writing as healing practice
– Self-defence
– How to be a good ally to LGBTQI+ Muslims

Persian lunch by Mazi Mas included in the ticket price!

Full programme of talks & workshops will be released soon.

This event is open to all; children & young people welcome.


  • If you’re not able to pay the ticket price, please get in touch for a free ticket.
  • BSL interpreters will be available on the day.
  • There will be an induction loop on the day.
  • The entire venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • All bathrooms are gender-neutral.
  • Lunch and refreshments will be vegan & gluten-free.
  • Children and babies are welcome.
  • The talk will be livestreamed, recorded, and transcribed.
  • Visit https://www.freewordcentre.com/our-venue/visiting-us for details on how to get there.
  • Please let us know of any access requirements you have.

Tickets are via Eventbrite at this link for between £5-£7