After thoughtful prayer and reflection, I can understand that the LGBTQ community would like to have my attention. I want to address this issue because I believe there is a fracture within the Muslim community and the LGBTQ community.
As members of this Party there should be dialogue that brings us to an understanding and respect. As more members of the Somali community become active in the Democratic Party and process, a level of understanding and compassion should be reached for those who fully practice Islam. Equally, there should be a level of understanding and compassion to be reached for those from the LGBTQ community. Condemning someone for past comments is not the answer.
The answer lies within our collective groups to come together and have difficult, but meaningful conversation.I do not and will not discriminate against anyone and I will do all I can within my power to recognize the humanity in each of us and bring people together.

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