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BBC criticised for preventing debate on homosexuality in Islam to take place in Birmingham mosque
by Ian Burrell
The BBC is under fire for postponing a debate on homosexuality in Islam which it had planned to air in a programme titled Free Speech.
The debate was being recorded for the BBC's youth-orientated BBC3 – which is to be controversially downgraded to an online-only channel – but was dropped after responses to a film clip featuring Asifa Lahore, billed as "Britain's first and only" Muslim drag queen.
In the video, Asifa says: "The gay community were totally inspired and in awe that a Muslim woman dressed in a niqab had come into a gay space and was watching a cabaret drag show." The clip ended with the drag queen putting a question to the Muslim community. "When will it be right to be Muslim and gay?"
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