Aiseyman! Why can’t Muslims be ambassadors for PinkDot?

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This year’s PinkDot ambassadors include Maimunah Bagharib and Hirzi Zulkiflie of MunahHirzi fame. While it is not known how PinkDot chooses and decides on who gets to represent them, it is doubtful that Munah and Hirzi were forced into doing it. In other words, they did it on their own free will and made the conscious decision to participate. Both of them have made individual posts on their personal Facebook page supporting the LGBT cause.

Yet, some conservative Muslims have come out to accuse PinkDot of disrespecting Islam because having Muslim ambassadors for the LGBT cause is being provocative and confrontational. There are a couple of issues with this.

Firstly, if they really have a problem with Munah and Hirzi as PinkDot ambassadors, shouldn't they take the issue up with Munah and Hirzi themselves, and not PinkDot? Afterall, as mentioned earlier, it's not like PinkDot forced them into doing it against their will. In fact, having Muslims as part of their campaign should be seen as inclusive and complete, CMIO policy - every race must be represented right? If you leave them out, wait some other people say that PinkDot discriminates against Muslims because they don't have a Muslim face. Which brings us to the next point.

Even if PinkDot did not include Muslims as ambassadors, it doesn't take away the fact that there are Muslims in the LGBT community. By asking PinkDot not to include Muslims in their campaign is a refusal to acknowledge that fact; to deny LGBT Muslims a voice or even the right to exist. This is discrimination. It is precisely such a mentality that forces LGBT Muslims underground, ashamed of themselves because they cannot reconcile their religion with their sexuality, and they have to go through it alone without the support of their friends and family.

It is ironic then that these religious conservatives are the reason why PinkDot exists, because if people are more willing to embrace the diversity of the human race, to be less judgmental of others and their lifestyles, there wouldn't be a need for a support group like PinkDot.