Hidayah believes in being visible at events such as pride, social and educational events to help spread awareness that LGBTQI+ Muslims exist! Take a look at our media appearances. Our media involvement and pieces are sorted by year in order to show Hidayah's development over time and the development of our press strategy and involvement.
A note to the media: Part of our visibility as an organisation and our vision, is ensuring that we are seen and heard. We recognise that working with the media and outreach, where possible, is the way to do this. Please see our recent successes here, and contact us for more information. Please note that we are a volunteer-led organisation and so we may not be able to respond or meet people from the media instantly as our committee and volunteers are based around the United Kingdom.
Friends of Hidayah
PC June Alison Durant said: "As the Hate Crime Coordinating Officer for Haringey and Enfield, National Hate Crime awareness week is a very busy and important observance. I wanted the 2019 observance to be less tokenistic and to address current affairs like Relationship and Sex Education. Having attended and participated in a similar discussion, I knew that I had to have Hidayah LGBTQI+ support and facilitate the conversation for me. The professionalism exhibited and mutual respect encouraged ensured that a somewhat sensitive topic was discussed and debated in a manner that promoted empathy, knowledge, challenge, introspection and in some cases personal growth. The Team at Hidayah LGBTQI+ are of the highest calibre with such astute prowess that any subject is sensitively addressed, empathic and thought provoking. With evolving multi-cultural London and the embellishments of intersectionality, Hidayah LGBTQI+ are a welcome ally that any organisation and individual would greatly benefit from working in collaboration with."
Maria Munir said: "Stonewall recognises the discrimination faced by LGBTQI+ people of faith, both in faith communities and in LGBTQI+ communities, and also the richness and value of these identities and experiences. We are delighted to see the growth in networks and groups, like Hidayah, who work to support, champion and celebrate LGBTQI+ people of faith and are working with them for acceptance without exception."
Rabia Mirza said: "My organisation BMSDemocracy partnered with Hidayah for the pilot of our campaign "supporting minority Muslims". I have been blown away by the sheer grass roots reach and mobilisation of Hidayah run entirely by volunteers. This is truly a movement made by LGBTQI+ Muslims for LGBTQI+ Muslims. Hidayah is a vital network created to support vulnerable LGBTQI+ Muslims and has grown through necessity. We could not have partnered with a better organisation. I know Hidayah will reach greater milestones in the near future due to their ever growing grass roots people power."