ODU to Host Forum on Allyship Between LGBTQ and Muslim Populations


On October 27, the Institute for the Humanities will host an open forum on allyship opportunities and intersections among Hampton Roads’ LGBTQ and Muslim populations at Old Dominion University.

This will be a conversation-style interaction among our panel and the audience. The open forum will be held in Room 9024 of ODU’s Batten Arts & Letters Building from 4:30-6:30PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

Muhammad Rahman, Fulbright Scholar and PhD student in International Studies, President of ODU’s Muslim Student Association

Lexie Nobrega, Sophomore majoring in English Education, President of ODU Out

Captain Rajeeb Islam, Commissioner on the City of Virginia Beach’s Human Rights Commission

Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, Director of African Leaders Malaria Alliance, Advisory Board member for Muslims for Progressive Values and PBS’ Secret Life of Muslims, and author of Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak.

The conversation will be moderated by Charm Bullard, Director of Education for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, Gay Cultural Studies, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Office of Intercultural Relations, the Women’s Center, the Department of Women’s Studies and the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.