The launch of a campaign aimed at generating support for LGBT Muslims and promoting dialogue about homosexuality has received mixed reactions from the Muslim community.

The new Support LGBT Muslims campaign, established by the Peter Tatchell Foundation, attracted both criticism and support at the launch on Wednesday. "Some LGBT Muslims have complained that they've received harassment from their fellow Muslims," said Tatchell, a prominent LBGT rights campaigner. "We want to challenge that by pointing out that both gay and Muslim people suffer prejudice and hate crimes – therefore we should be working together."

The campaigners drew disapproval from some pedestrians at the launch in Whitechapel, east London, which has a large Bangladeshi community. One middle-aged man asked if the campaigners would approve if he walked naked down the street.

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