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Not For Your Orientalist Gaze

“The purpose of this zine is build upon the presence of existing Queer Muslim artists, spaces, and movements. The resources compiled here were found in early 2018. Since then, Queer Muslim communities and spaces have continued to flourish and build; thus, all that exists could not be encapsulated here. The hope is that this work can be useful and validating for those who can “come out” in their communities, as well as for those who are more comfortable “inviting in.” Thank you to the artists and brave interviewees for their presence and grace.” — Rumsha Sajid A PDF version of Not For Your Orientalist Gaze can be found here.

Raising a Brown Baby in the Age of Trump

By Patricia Valoy, Science and Social Justice, Contributing Editor

There is very little that an 11-week-old baby needs, but I find myself ordering a poster on immigration for my baby daughter’s room. I tell myself that she needs to be raised seeing political art by people of color, because I want her to know that her people, Black and Brown people, are valuable. I do a lot of that these days, finding ways to teach my baby about the world I have brought her into and ease her into the activism that I am so engrossed in. My daughter doesn’t talk yet. My parenting doesn’t extend beyond breastfeeding and diaper changes. And still, I think it’s important that I learn how to raise a baby in the age of Trump.

The Cause That Is Care

By William C. Anderson

During the intense final moments of my mother’s life, I learned the intricate truths of the cause that is care. Dedicating myself to my mom’s caretaking helped me develop my own understanding of praxis. How we choose to live our lives is a reflection of our everyday politics. Care, simply put, is how we meet the needs of those we cherish in our families, communities, and the greater world we live in. Being tied to someone for the sake of helping them maintain their life, safety, and security is something many people may avoid doing. Others often feel compelled to care for loved ones, sometimes because we have no other choice but to do so, but also because we want to be there for for our loved ones in times of hardship and sickness.

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