5 Stories of #LoveWins

5 Stories of #LoveWins

For many of us in the queer Muslim community in the West, the same-sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court in the United States was a bittersweet moment. Bittersweet because while we were celebrating this momentous victory, we were reminded...
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5 Stories of Caitlyn in the Islamic World

5 Stories of Caitlyn in the Islamic World

The story of Caitlyn Jenner has been discussed all over the world these past two days, all starting with that beautiful cover from Vanity Fair. From Somalia to China, and everything in between, Muslims have been part of the conversation....
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5 Ways Egypt Queerizes The Arab World

5 Ways Egypt Queerizes The Arab World

There are currently 22 Arab nations in the Arab League including Somalia, the country of my birth. They have many things in common, including a huge appetite for Egyptian arts culture. Oum Kalthoum left us with eternal melodies in her...
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5 Muslim Allies in the West

5 Muslim Allies in the West

A gay Egyptian friend of mine once said to me that “being queer and Muslim when you think of an ally, you basically think of someone who doesn’t try to kill you in the name of Islam for your sexuality.”...
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5 HIV/AIDS Activists in the Islamic World

5 HIV/AIDS Activists in the Islamic World

In the mid 1980s, I remember watching the Somali television and seeing a new disease take over the headlines. HIV/AIDS was so new at that time people didn’t even have a name for it. “Aydhiska,” as we now call in...
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5 Trans Activists in the Islamic World

5 Trans Activists in the Islamic World

Those familiar with the issue of transgender rights in the Muslim countries know how difficult it has been. Whereas a gay man or woman might be able to hide their sexual orientation, many of them even marrying the members of...
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5 Female Allies in the Muslim World

5 Female Allies in the Muslim World

Where would any of us be without our allies? Feminism changed the lives of women globally because there were good men in position who agreed with the women who were fighting for gender equality, and who joined them, and who...
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