The Retreat for LGBT Muslims & Their Partners was founded in 2011 by a small group of progressive Muslims who saw the need for a welcoming spiritual community for queer Muslims and their loved ones. Since then, the retreat has grown into an annual 3-day event under the sponsorship of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), a non-profit dedicated to LGBTQ inclusion and justice.
The retreat is entirely organized by the MASGD Retreat Planning Team, a diverse group of passionate volunteers who handle everything from programming to logistics. They work hard to create an affirming atmosphere and inclusive environment. The programming includes spiritual practices like prayer and meditation, candid discussions on relevant issues, creative arts, outdoor activities, entertainment, and more.
Past retreats have been held in peaceful natural locations across the country that provide tranquility as well as anonymity and privacy. Participants come from many different ethnic, cultural, and ideological backgrounds. Testimonials over the past decade speak to the power of this healing gathering. Many share stories of finding belonging, gaining strength, and establishing lifelong bonds.
The LGBTQ Muslim Retreat is open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. It welcomes Muslims from any background, those questioning their faith, converts, secular cultural Muslims, and partners of Muslims. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Need-based scholarships are available to make it accessible to all.
With your support, we can continue nurturing this unique community and providing a place for LGBTQ Muslims and allies to feel accepted, affirmed, inspired, and empowered to live with authenticity and justice.