Do Women Have to Cover in Front of Homosexuals or Transgendered Individuals?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Is the same level of modesty/purdah/ hijab that is expected of women in front of non-mahram men expected when in the presence of homosexuals/transgendered individuals? What is the Islamic stance on this?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. Please pardon me for the undue delay in response.

Yes, women must cover in front of such individuals just as they would in front of heterosexual males. The same ruling applies in front of castrated males. There is no difference at all with respect to modesty or dress. [Zayla’i, Tabyin al-Haqa’iq; Nahlawi, Durar Mubaha]

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani