The horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando was a stark reminder of the persistence of homophobia in America. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was allegedly enraged by the sight of two men kissing — and that anger, and hate, may have driven his decision to carry out America's deadliest mass shooting.
Since it came to light that Mateen was a practicing Muslim, and at least nominally affiliated with the Islamic State, a wave of Islamophobia has risen in response. Calls for banning Muslims from the United States, led by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, were renewed with added fervor.
Many Muslims have already come forward to denounce the attack, and many more offered their prayers. It has become a tired trope that Muslims must publicly apologize for extremists who purport to represent Islam, but many are using Sunday's events to try to start a wider conversation about Islam's relationship — in scripture and in society — with homosexuality.
Polls show that a vast majority of Muslims around the world believe homosexual behavior is morally wrong. But that may be changing with a new generation that is coming of age in societies where tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality is growing.
We want to hear from Muslims in America and around the world about how the shooting in Orlando and its aftermath has affected you.