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City Visions: The complications of being gay and Muslim

  June 27, 2016:  The mass shooting in Orlando has raised uncomfortable questions about Islam and homophobia.  We look at what it's like to be Muslim and gay.  

What does the Koran actually say about homosexuality?  How do LGBT Muslims reconcile their sexuality with their faith?   

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


Ani Zonneveld:  Malaysian-American singer, songwriter, activist and writer;  President and Founder of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV);  Co-editor of "Progressive Muslim Identities:  Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada."  Listen to Ani's TEDx talk "Islam: As American as Apple Pie."

Younes Mourchid, M.A., Ph.D: Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at Cal State East Bay; Fulbright Scholar with an M.A. in Communications and Linguistics and a Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education.  Author of studies "Left to my Own Devices:  Hybrid Identity Development of Religion and Sexual Orientation among Muslim Students in the United States" and "The Dialectics of Islamophobia and Homophobia in the Lives of Gay Muslims in the United States."

Rolla Selbak:Award-winning filmmaker of Three Veils; creator of the web series Kiss Her I'm Famous; and the creator and host of Grrls Guide to Filmmaking;  Producer of the upcoming feature film "Last Black Man in San Francisco;" member of the San Francisco Women's Film Institute leadership team.