Queer Muslims often have complicated experiences and struggles with their identities.
Historically, photography has been forbidden in Islam so there’s very little photographic evidence of the existence of queer Muslims throughout history.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist
Pakistani born photographer Samra Habib is queer and Muslim.
Her ongoing photography project, A queer Muslim photo project: just me and Allah, captures queer Muslims across the globe.
‘These individuals are re-imagining what it means to be Muslim in the 21st century,’ she says.
Here are some of their stories:
‘I was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. My family and I moved to Canada about three years ago.
‘We left Iran before my brother was forced into military training and to escape the increasing pressure my father faced from the Islamic Republic government.
‘Aside from being a defence lawyer, my father held workshops teaching human rights.
‘Because of him, I developed an awareness and sensitivity towards social injustice around me.