US: The Orlando Massacre convinced this Muslim preacher to reach out to LGBT people

A Muslim preacher has opened up about how the Orlando massacre brought together his movement and the LGBT community.

In June last year, a gunman opened inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

49 people lost their lives in the attack, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings on US soil in recent history. Many of the victims were LGBT and members of the Latino community.

911 recordings later revealed that the gunman had pledged allegiance to the Islamist terrorist group known as ISIS.

In a video released this week, Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Islamic Society of Birmingham, Alabama, explained the reaction to the shooting in his community.

He said: “As a Muslim, it is our moral, religious responsibility to support marginalised communities, whether your moral values are in sync with those communities or not.

Last year, a so-called Muslim went on a rampage in a gay club in Pulse and killed a lot of people.

He explained how the Muslim community cancelled a Ramadan service to attend a vigil in downtown Birmingham in the wake of the attack. Read more via PinkNews