chapter  3
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From Impossibility to Visibility

An Intersectional Approach to LGBT Muslims and Its Benefits for CCM
WithMomin Rahman, Sébastien Chehaitly

In this case we use life stories from a research project on LGBT Muslims to illustrate how intersectionality is an important method for understanding the complexities of identities and cultures. We begin with the context of our study and explain that an intersectional analytical framework was the relevant choice for our research because it demands a critical approach to knowledge creation that specifically focuses on previously under-researched or ‘invisible’ oppressed populations. In the case of LGBT Muslims, intersectionality allows us to understand that is a combination of homophobia, racism and Islamophobia that creates inequalities. We then present the case, using the data from the interviews to illuminate how intersectional methodological approaches render visible new perspectives on established identities and hierarchies of oppression. We conclude with a brief examination of how the case recommends new approaches to understanding both LGBT and Muslim identities, homophobia, racism and Islamophobia.