Coming Out in the Muslim Community

Ramy Eletreby

Ramy Eletreby

To mark the end of Pride Month and the beginning of Ramadan, Salaam, Love contributor Ramy Eletreby writes for the Huffington Post about the greatest heartbreak of his life – losing his Muslim community:

One of the greatest heartbreaks in my life occurred after coming out at the age of 24: I lost my Muslim community. After my public coming out, via an article in The Los Angeles Times, and the backlash that came with it, I retreated. I distanced myself from the people I cared about, the people I’d been raised with in the masjidin Los Angeles, those whom I viewed as extended members of my own family. I was certain that they had stopped caring about me. It took me years to take responsibility for my part in that break rather than only see myself as a victim of circumstance.

Read the rest, here.

To read more about Ramy, check out Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy.


3 Comments on “Coming Out in the Muslim Community”

  1. Alan Howard says:

    Excellent! Thank you Ramy!

  2. noorlaila265 says:

    Reblogged this on more than hijab and commented:
    Whatever your thoughts on this issue (no lectures on Islamic rights and wrongs please!), please read this with an open mind. Beautifully written and heartbreaking story.