LGBT+ Activists attack female Muslim School Board Member for her faith

LGBT+ Activists attack female Muslim School Board Member for her faith

A Muslim member of the Fairfax County School Board came under attack from a student-led LGBT advocacy group Friday for her alleged refusal to be a “100 percent ally” of the movement due to her faith.

The Pride Liberation Project (PLP) posted a letter Friday, accusing the school board member Abrar Omeish, of creating a “deeply hurtful and traumatic environment for members” of the advocacy group during a 21st of June phone call.

Omeish expressed doubts about the necessity for an explicit encouragement of queer students, noting that there was a “difference between going after oppression and endorsing,”, a distinction that is vital for her Muslim faith the letter claimed.

Additionally, the school board member said that being invited to a gay pride parade would “give [her] pause,” the PLP alleged, disrespecting the insult against her faith.

In the letter, the PLP demanded that Omeish issue a statement, including an apology for her remarks; a “broad affirmation” of queer students; a clarification on her being the only member absent during a 17th June vote on the motion to include non-traditional family structures in the Family, Life, and Education curriculum; a “commitment to centre queer students”; and a resolve to “promote queer visibility and representation in the future.”

The activists also called on Omeish to attend “family-friendly Pride Parades” and post widely on the issues concerning the LGBT community.

The spokesperson for the advocacy group, a rising high school senior, told Patch that demanding a formal apology instead of Omeish’s resignation was the PLP’s deliberate decision.

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