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I’m Gay, My Dad is Muslim. We Need to Talk.

For most of my friends, I’m the only gay guy they know with any experience with Islam. While my mother is a Wisconsin-born Catholic (and it’s reflected in my complexion), my Palestinian-American father is a practicing Muslim. And so my friends have looked to me for reactions to the tragedy in Orlando.

Because too much of what is being said is being screamed, absent of thoughtfulness, I’m happy to answer questions. I always aspire to first consider the victims: 49 innocent LGBT people or allies who were gunned down in an act of terrorism. And then I consider that I can only weigh-in on what I have experienced and what I know to be empirically true.

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