America's First Openly Gay Imam

America's First Openly Gay Imam

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America's first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was taught to be his own person. From a young age he knew he was gay and came out to his parents and an environment of general acceptance. He followed an educational path that lead him from Detroit on a journey around the world, including earning a Juris Doctor degree and, finally, being called to Islam.

 

Courtesy of "Inspired Citizen" / Host: Anthony Berklich

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