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Queerness & Islam Panel

Queerness & Islam Panel

Date(s) - 01/24/2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Stanford Refuge: Queerness, Spirituality, Religion


Sunday, January 24, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm CST.

The Queerness & Islam Speaker Panel features 4 LGBTQIA+ Muslim leaders – Mahdia Lynn, Dr. Mohammad Mertaben, and Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund.

About this Event

What does it mean to embrace the LGBTQ+ community and queer identity with a spiritual and/or religious journey? What does it mean to be a sexual and/or gender minority and belong to a faith tradition? How can we ask these questions to prepare ourselves to transform the world? These are the motivations behind the Inaugural Stanford Speaker Series on Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion. For LGBTQIA+ identified people, these questions speak to a long history of rejection, reconciliation, and joy. But the topics at hand are relevant to social, political, and cultural questions which all parts of humanity might find themselves asking. Inclusion and exclusion, transformation and meditation, prayer, worship, faith, love, forgiveness, community, and the nature of being in this modern world are just some of these topics we hope to cover.


This 90 minute panel will consist of three parts. First, each panelist will introduce themselves and their work, sharing a part of their journey and practice with the audience. Second, a student moderator will pose questions for the panelists with audience observation. Last, an open question & answer session will be held fielding questions from the audience.

Headshots are in respective order to the below biographies, from left to right.

Shenaaz Janmohamed, LCSW

Shenaaz Janmohamed is the founder and director of Queer Crescent. A healing practitioner of Shia Muslim South Asian ascent, Shenaaz is also a parent of a young wise kiddo, a licensed psychotherapist and cultural worker living on Ohlone Land (Oakland CA).

Mahdia Lynn

Mahdia Lynn the co-founder and director of Masjid al-Rabia, a women-centered LGBTQ affirming mosque, and is a passionate advocate for justice and a vision of Islam where no one is left behind. A prolific writer, educator and public speaker; along with her work with Masjid al-Rabia and her organizing work centering incarceration, abolition and disability justice Mahdia freelances as a writer, educator, leadership coach and public speaker.

Dr. Mohammad Mertaben, MD

Mo is a current Pediatric Hospitalist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. He graduated from UCLA in 2004 where he obtained his bachelors of science in Psychobiology and a bachelors of arts in French. He went to medical school at Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and then completed his residency at UCSF in Pediatrics. Mo identifies as gay, Lebanese and Muslim and has attempted to pave a path for acceptance for LGBTQ+ Arabs/Muslims through his work personal social network as well as with Rainbow Street, an organizations that aims to fill the gap by connecting queer and trans Middle Eastern clients with the service providers who can competently and discreetly address the unique needs of queer and trans people, whether that be social, medical, shelter of financial. Historically, Mo was heavily involved in the Muslim Community in Southern California where he served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UCLA, the President of MSA-West, and served as a delegate to MSA National. He was on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC), started the Youth Group at the Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI) and served as a Muslim Youth Camp Counselor for multiple years at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the current father of two little girls, Layelle (13) and Amelie (9) who attend school at San Francisco Unified School District.

Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund

Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund is LGBTQIA+ Activist. He is founder and Chairperson of Sonzal Welfare Trust, an organisation working for the wellbeing of gender and sexual minorities in Kashmir.

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