Coming out and then?

Violence, forced ‘medical aid’ and honour killings. Those are the consequences lesbian and bisexual women with an Islamic background have to deal with once they have decided to come out of the closet. 

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Secret Garden supports LHBT people on an individual basis and has seen many of these women. We have, however, noticed, that this group of women does not keep in contact with us nor with each other on a regular basis. After six month we see nor hear from anymore.

Secret Garden conducts a research as to find out the reasons behind this lack of continuity, as she would like to stimulate these women to keep gathering and participate in the emancipation of lesbian and bisexual women with an Islamic background. 

For this research we have set up an electronic questionnaire. We would like to ask all lesbian and bisexual women with an Islamic background (this can mean that you are either Islamic yourself or that you have grown up in a primarily Islamic culture) to fill out this questionnaire. Please click here for the questionnaire:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-dId-qJFXa73v0As9KfvTqfSFmD_6qXl7LIINygwpOQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

We would be very grateful if you would fill out the questionnaire. It won’t take more than ten minutes of your time. 

The results will be presentedanonymously both in a report and in a short documentary. We will also organize a debate about the topics mentioned in the questionnaire, so as to bring different ideas forward, and discuss and evaluate them together. Participants to this debate, which will take place on March 6th, will be politicians, journalists and people from our organisation. The documentary will be shown during this debate.

By way of this debate we hope to participate in the emancipation of lesbian and bisexual women with an Islamic background in Dutch society.

We would like to thank you in advance for your collaboration and we hope to welcome you in March at our debate!

 

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