Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam is a gay Pakistani American who began the Al-Fatiha Foundation, a group that is committed to helping further the cause of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims.[1]

Alam came to the United States from Pakistan in 1987, when he was ten, and lived in Ellington, Connecticut. In 1997, after a marriage engagement to a Muslim girl[2] did not work out, he began a Yahoo! group for LGBT Muslims which became popular fast.[3] He started Al-Fatiha in 1998 and was the group's President until he stepped down in 2004.[4]

Alam is also a member of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable and the LGBT Programme of Human Rights Watch.[3]


  1. Faisal Alam Profile; LGBTran's Religious Archives Network July 18, 2006; retrieved December 21, 2006
  2. Guest Speaker: Faisal Alam; Queers and Allies of Faith November 11, 2002; retrieved December 21, 2006
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hidden Voices - The Lives of Queer Muslims; Wolfman Productions; retrieved December 21, 2006
  4. Faisal Alam Steps Down As President of Al-Fatiha; UK Gay News August 14, 2004; retrieved December 21, 2006

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