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calem  2011  concrete  mid  term  benefits

                1 / It should be noted that this year again, we shall emphasize the expression of transgender individuals, which in our communities have great difficulty finding their place. We shall encourage them again this year again to seek self-definition of identity on their own, however always with unconditional respect for human sexual and gender diversity.

                2 / In addition, the organizing committee of the conference shall adopt the Manifesto of this year as a basis for a common ethic to our network now being consolidated. We could also think of the best way – after the conference – to elect a representative council (for instance: CALEM conference coordinator, moderator for the conference, delegates from the Arab world, to the transgender issue, one deleguate for communication, research and publications, translations, trainings, legal support, treasurer, and so on). All of our associations are founding members of our emerging network*.


                     3 / We are also looking forward in the next month to begin to work together regularly on several projects:

-              Publish a quarterly newsletter (national and international news related to inclusive and LGBTQIA Muslims’ issues; report of our respective activities; articles, publications, statements). Like some of us are already doing it.

-              White Book, for the 17th of may – International day against homophobia, transphobia -, with theoretical chapters and personal testimonies of inclusive Muslims, but also drawings or cartoons illustrating inclusivity, Tawhid and unconditional Love of human diversity. Like some of us are already doing it, but now on a more collaborative level).

-              Common activity for the 1st of December – world AIDS day, against serophobia. (like some of us already did on the last 1st December of 2011).


                4 /  We also have to plan together at CALEM a cultural journey for peace, self-esteem and personal growth in June 2012, like some French organizations already planned it for November 2011 in Israel and Palestine); to permit our members to reconnect to the core and the origin of their traditional background, so they could return as more balanced citizens that would better integrate into societies that they fully belong to.

                5 / Dozens of inclusive, progressive, LGBTQIA Muslims and professionals trained through our conferences and workshops; indirectly, thousands of contacts informed about our actions. CALEM shall also reinforce our organizations inner dynamic.


                6 / The opening of a youtube channel to collect all videos and testimonies related to inclusive Muslims’ issues and inclusivity within Islam.


                7  /  A detailed report of our conferences, easy to put online.


* CALEM conference is a free expression, safe space to express each other’s opinion, to share and to know each other; our organizations shall have the time, after the conference, to organize our network in a more formal way to be ready to work all together.



Paris, Madrid, Lisbon's  seminars



After the plenary session to be held in Brussels :

- Dr. Amina Wadud (at the EHESS, ampitheatre 105 boulevard Raspail, métro Saint-Placide ligne 4), in Paris on tuesday the 13th December at 7.PM.

- Ludovic Lotfi Mohamed Zahed (thanks to the FELGTB) in Madrid on Wednesday 14th December at 8.PM.

- Ludovic Zahed shall be representing CALEM (at the LGBT Center) in Lisbon friday 16th December at  7.PM.

Registration, more details?


Brussels's  plenary  conference

  • DEC   10-th   -  saturday *

2 – 5 PM. plenary conference at the City Hall of Brussels:

  « Masculinity, feminity: diversity of genders and sexualities – Islam as a culture of inclusivity, a spirituality of universal peace ».

*Amina Wadud shall also be giving a seminar on the 9th, thanks to

  • DEC   11-th   -   sunday

Journey of spiritual healing and personal growth for Muslims excluded because of their sexual or gender orientation:

« The dervish Sufi trance & the unconditional love of human diversity ».      


9.AM - exercices de respirations (Ben).

10.AM - atelier autour des points communs entre bouddhisme et islam (L.Zahed).

11.AM - temps de partage et de communion (Ben).

12.AM - déjeuner

2.PM - temps de relaxation (Ben).

2.30.PM - atelier autour de la transe et du chamanisme (Catherine Gouffau).

3.30.PM - les derviches tourneur (…).

4.30.PM - exercice de transe et de dhikr (C.Gouffau).

6.30.PM - célébration religieuse en petit comité (à la MAC, grâce à nos imams…).

  • DEC   12-th   -   Monday
Trainings and workshops with Imam Mushinh Hendricks
and Ludovic Lotfi Mohamed Zahed

8 – 4 PM, workshops and trainings, reflection and exchange:

 « For a compassionate and inclusive reading of the Muslim tradition ».

5 – 8 PM, debate around the movie: 

« Jihad for Love » * 

(open to all, registration by email mandatory).




CALEM | 2011  long term perspectives