Do Ask Do Tell: Student led discussion panel with GLBTQ community leaders

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In recognition of National Coming Out Day – October 11th 2010, Broward College Central Campus GSA presents:

Tuesday October 12th 10am and 12pm Library – Room 419

Do Ask Do Tell
Student led discussion panel with GLBTQ community leaders
10am “The political struggle for equality”
12 noon “Social acceptance and equality for LGBT People”

Panel members

Tuesday Oct 12th 10am - 11:30am Central Library Room 425

"Do Ask Do Tell" Student led discussions - panel members
The political struggle for equality
Scott Galvin, Former Candidate - U.S. Congress-District 17
Julie Carson, Vice President, Dolphin Democrats
Micheal Albetta, President, GLBT Democratic Caucus
Venessa Britto, Campaign organizer
Kara Schickowski- Broward Human Rights Initiative


Tuesday Oct 12th 12noon – 1pm Central Library Room 425

Social acceptance and equality for LGBT People
Mirella Baker Bemmel, Broward College faculty – Sociology
Dr. Todd Bernhardt, Broward College faculty –Sociology
Kim Cohane, Speaker-Safe Schools of South Florida and SpeakOUT Bureau, Board member – Drag it Out
Tabatha Mudra, Board member – Drag it Out


Wednesday October 13th Library 12:30 pm – Library Room 425

Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims with Faisal Alam
Thursday October 14th 12:30 pm Library – Room 425
“One Heart” interactive socio-drama
presented by the Fort Lauderdale Sun Serve Youth Group
12:30 pm Thursday October 14th Library – Room 425

Open to all students, staff, faculty and administration
Sponsored by:
Broward College GSA, Safe Zone Team,
Student Success and Student Life


Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims with Faisal Alam

12:30 pm Wednesday October 13th 2010
Broward College Central Campus Library – Room 425
Keynote Speaker - Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. At age 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Faisal organized the first-ever gathering of LGBT Muslims, which led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. Faisal led the organization from its inception in 1997 to 2003 as its volunteer director. The mission of Al-Fatiha is to support and empower LGBTIQ Muslims seeking ways to integrate their faith and their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Since founding Al-Fatiha, Faisal has traveled across the country and around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement. Faisal’s queer Muslim activism has been featured in LGBT and mainstream media including the New York Times, BBC World News, Al-Hayat, and the Washington Post.

Faisal was one of the first LGBT leaders to speak out against the US-led war in Afghanistan and the US-led invasion of Iraq. His protests against the rising Islamophobia and the assault on civil liberties and civil rights in the US have led conservative elements within the gay community to call for his deportation to Guantanamo Bay, while some conservative gay journalists have called him “weak” and “cowardly,” for his opposition to the so-called “war on terror.”

Faisal has received numerous recognitions and awards for his activism on behalf of queer Muslims. Advocate Magazine selected him as an "Innovator," Genre Magazine has recognized him as a "Founding Father," and the Utne Reader chose Faisal as one of 30 "Young Visionaries Under 30." In 2005 the Equality Forum recognized Faisal as one of “40 Heroes” who have "made a defining difference in LGBT civil rights over the last forty years," and in 2008 Faisal received recognition and an award from Pride Toronto for his "outstanding contribution in the area of spirituality that positively impacts LGBT communities."

Broward College contact:
Andrew Dutka
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954 201 6577



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