4 May 2016
Nur Warsame is the first openly gay Imam in Australia.
Speaking on his sexuality, Warsame explained that “reconciling spirituality with sexuality is a very difficult journey,”. There’s only a handful of out gay Imams in the world, and Warsame is the first in Australia. “There’s even a risk to your life because the conservative school of thought in Islam to counter homosexuality is to be killed, that’s your repentance” he continued.
Warsame hopes his story will help make a difference in Muslim homes, lighting a path for other young queer Muslims to live their lives to the fullest and to hold on to their spirituality.
Homosexual religious leaders have always been persecuted. When gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson was ordained he had to wear a bullet proof vest in the late 90’s with all the death threats.