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CALEM | We work toward an inclusive Islam,
for over 15 years
CALEM is an
informal confederation of LGBT, Euro-African
Muslim organizations, that
works* for human rights and toward sexual and gender diversity within
Islam, defending the most vulnerable individuals amongst
us. CALEM is a secular and non political organization, free from any
political party, financial sponsor, from any kind of ideology and not
submited to any kind of
absolute religious authority.
Our aim is to sustain vulnerable individuals in their empowerment and liberation process - especially women, HIV positive individuals, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals or Transgenders individuals that are Muslims or come from a Muslim background.
RATIONALE FOR OUR INCLUSIVE DYNAMIC
The development of a truly inclusive representation of Islam, respectful of diversity, by preparing association leaders to deal peacefully, yet effectively and without any concessions, with homophobia and all forms of stigma and discrimination, particularly those produced from within Muslim communities, in Africa, Middle East, Europe and wherever Islam has it say.
Participating associations to the CALEM conference clearly state that Islam is a spirituality of peace, which cannot be intrinsically homophobic or even more generally unfair to citizens belonging de facto to an LGBTQIA minorities; our Islam is in no way in contradiction to a culture of human rights.
These associations support the idea that they contribute to the development of a peaceful representation of Islam, reclaiming their cultural heritage, reinterpreting the traditional sources from their particular viewpoint. That is a unique and precious citizen dynamic that deserves to be sustained.
The aim of the CALEM conference  is to enable inclusive Muslims, and particularly those who happen to be LGBTQIA  individuals, to express their sexuality in peace, while defending their civic rights and human dignity through ideas and appeased dialogue.
The second main goal of this conference is to contribute to the appeasement of the image that Muslims themselves have of their religion - and of their culture generally speaking -, by actively contributing to a genuinely inclusive representation of Islam .
The third main goal of the conference is to communicate the work done by members of the CALEM confederation, and to set up positive and constructive dialogue about Islam, within the Muslim world at large and wherever Islam has it say .
 CALEM conferences and seminars are an initiative of HM2F (since 2010, Paris).
 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex, asexual and all Muslims marginalized based on sexual or gender orientation.
 Islam is here to be considered as a culture, traditions, and / or religious, spiritual practices; each individual has the right to determine freely the relationship he / she wants to entertain with Islam.
 See the CALEM 2010 Manifesto: “for a moratorium on criminalization of affective and homosexual relationships between consenting adults (…),in all Muslim countries and those where Islam has it say”, here.
of a common space for reflection and free expression about how
to assert our identity, our sexuality and our
Islam in peace, especially when
belonging de facto to an LGBTQIA minority, in order
to fulfill our civic
role and understand what our place is in the societies we belong to.
2 Giving more visibility to inclusive Muslim associations, through our European confederation and the international network of support (see more detailed presentation of our interorganizational network below) – mainly through the European conference CALEM; that is mandatory regarding to the global context today.
3 Training the board members - volunteers and professionals - to advocate against homophobia and for the human rights of LGBTQIA Muslim citizens. Thereby, indirectly stabilizing the internal dynamics of each participating association and to enhance their contribution to our common societal and citizen dynamic.
4 Informing international public opinion about the existence of our truly inclusive Muslim network, devoted to a common civic dynamic, based on individual freedom of choice, equality and the respect of human dignity.
5 Improving the image of citizens that belongs de facto to LGBTQIA minorities in Muslim communities, as well as that of Muslims in LGBTQIA communities.
6 Instilling a culture of peaceful engagement, in Europe and wherever Islam has it say, for LGBTQIA minorities’ civil rights.
- Our sister organizations are in South Africa & central africa, France & europe, Middle east, central, south & North america... CALEM LATEST NEWS?
- Stay tuned by email: INFO@CALEM.EU
- Or contact us on: 0 (027) 612 524 489
- CALEM is now coordonated by our South African organization; consult its constitution here.
our publications HERE
Phone: 0 (027) 612 524 489
Learn more about our RUMI's Isiphephelo - inclusive mosque, refugees center & progressive imam-es training center.
ACHIEVEMENTS - PROJECTS
NETWORKS - CAPACITY BUILDING
CALEM 2012 main colloquium was sustained by the European Council
CALEM is founder member of the INIMuslim networking program
CALEM received the 2012 Pierre Guénin price* against homophobia.
*A price given by SOS homophobia
CALEM representative is founder member of the GIN-SOGI interfaith international LGBT network (thanks to the sponsors sustaining GIN-SOGI)