by James A. Lopata
Local gay and lesbian Islamic faithful are challenging traditional views of homosexuality both here and abroad
In the fall of 1997, 19-year-old Faisal Alam entered a Connecticut hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown. He stayed for two weeks. Doctors prescribed meds and ongoing care and compelled the Northeastern University sophomore to withdraw from studies for the rest of the term. But Alam knew he would need more than antidepressants and bed rest to overcome his malady. He was Muslim, he was gay, and he was torn.