Last edited: December 08, 2004

International Day of Solidarity and Mourning

Al-Fatiha Foundation, August 8, 2001
LGBTQ Muslims & Friends
Media Contact:
Faisal Alam, Founder & Director Al-Fatiha
(202) 390-5305

In Egypt fifty-two men were arrested because of their alleged sexual orientation. They have been in detention for almost three months. Reports indicate that they have been tortured and have undergone physical examinations to determine whether they were sexually active with other men.

They have been charged with "obscene behavior between men." In addition, two defendants face charges of "contempt of religion."

Call To Action!

Al-Fatiha (LGBTQ Muslims& Friends) has declared August 15, 2001 (the first day of their trial) an International Day of Solidarity and Mourning in support of the 52 men. Join thousands of people around the world as we protest their detention.

Let your voices be heard! Flood the Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world on August 15 with phone calls, letters, faxes, and emails calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the 52 men.

On August 15th, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people around the world will also hold demonstrations and rallies in front of Egyptian embassies and consulates.

Join Al-Fatiha in expressing solidarity with our brothers in Egypt and demanding that the Egyptian government uphold human rights standards as laid out by international laws and international human rights treaties which Egypt has signed.


The following cities will hold protests and other actions:

Contact Information for Egyptian embassies and consulates in the United States:

Ambassador Nabil Ismail Fahmy
3521 International Court NW
Tel: (202) 895-5400
Fax: (202) 244-4319/244-5131

Ambassador El Hosseini Abdel Wahab
500 N. Michigan Ave Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 828-9164/828-9163/828-9162
Fax: (312) 828-9167

Ambassador Mahmoud Allam
1110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Tel: (212) 759-7120/759-7121/759-7122
Fax: (212) 308-7643

Minister Plenipotentiary Afaf El Mazariki
3001 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 346-9700 /346-9702/346-7352
Fax: (415) 346-9480

Ambassador Minou Serry
1990 Post Oak Blvd Suite 2180
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-4915/961-4916
Fax: (713) 961-3868

As of Wednesday, August 8, 2001 the following organizations have endorsed Al-Fatiha’s call to action.

  • Amnesty International, USA
  • Asian Pacific Islander Family Pride (USA)
  • Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights (USA)
  • Association 360 (Swtizerland)
  • Astrea Lesbian Action Foundation
  • Austrailian Bisexual Network
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry, Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, USA)
  • Centre Femmes Natalie Barney (Switzerland) (Berkeley, USA)
  • Companions on a Journey, Sri-Lanka
  • Dialogai, association homosexuelle et antenne de l'aide suisse contre le sida (Switzerland)
  • Diva Magazine, UK
  • Federatie Werkgroepen Homoseksualiteit - Flemish Federation of GLB Groups - Belgium
  • Gay Asian Pacific Support Network
  • Gay Times, UK
  • GenderLink Diverstiy Centre (Brussels, Belgium / Salzburg, Austria / Beirut, Lebanon)
  • GLAS - Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (New York City, USA)
  • Het Roze Huis - The Pink House (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library (USA)
  • Homan (Lesbian and Gay Iranians)
  • Human Rights Campaign (USA)
  • IGLHRC - International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • ILGA - International Gay and Lesbian Association (300 organizations in 80 countries)
  • ILGA-Europe - International Gay and Lesbian Association (Europe)
  • Iman - Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Muslims
  • Integrity Uganda (LGBT Episcopalians)
  • Integrity USA (LGBT Episcopalians)
  • Khuli Zaban - South Asian and Middle Eastern LBT Women's Group (Chicago, USA)
  • Lambda Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Lesbian & Gay Insurrection San Francisco Bay Area (LAGAI)
  • LGIRTF - Lesbian & Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (USA)
  • LYRIC - Lavendar Youth Recreation & Information Center (San Francisco, USA)
  • Malta Gay Rights Movement
  • MCC-NY - Metropolitan Communinty Church - New York City (USA)
  • MCC-SF - Metropolitan Community Church - San Francisco (USA)
  • Minnesota Men of Color (USA)
  • Naz Foundation International
  • Naz Project, London (UK)
  • Naz Foundation India Trust (New Delhi, India)
  • National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum (NBLGLF) - USA
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (USA)
  • Opus Gay Association (Portugal)
  • PFLAG - Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG - USA)
  • PFLAG-SF - Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG, San Francisco)
  • Pride Ile-de-France (Paris, France)
  • ProGAY - Progressive Organization of Gays in the Phillippines
  • Queers For Economic and Racial Justice (QFREJ)
  • Queer Youth for Social Justice (Washington DC, USA)
  • QUIT! - Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism
  • Religious Organizing Project of Kentucky (USA)
  • RozeLinks (The Netherlands)
  • Salaamat - Queer Muslims & Friends (Vancouver, Canada)
  • SALGA-NYC - South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (New York City, USA)
  • San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade Committee, Inc.
  • SKUC-LL - Lesbian Group in Slovenia
  • SMYAL - Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (Washington DC, USA)
  • Soulforce Florida (USA)
  • SWANABAQ - South West Asian & North African Bay Area Queers (San Francisco
  • Bay Area, USA)
  • Transmen's Alliance Against Racism (USA)
  • UFMCC - Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (19
  • countries)
  • Washington Gender Alliance
  • World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet
  • Ga'avah (14 countries)
  • YouthPride (Atlanta, USA)

If your organization would like to endorse the call to action and/or hold a demonstration, rally, or other action, please email Faisal Alam at as soon as possible.

Additional Background Information:

  • Amnesty International Egypt Action: July 27, 2001 –

Al-Fatiha is an international organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their friends.


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