“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.
Course One: Sweet Hot Tea
In a recent conversation with one of his lawyers, Mohamedou said that he holds no grudges against any of the people he mentions in this book, that he appeals to them to read it and correct it if they think it contains any errors, and that he dreams to one day sit with all of them around a cup of tea, after having learned so much from one another.—Author’s Note from Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiDAztWWAuM TED Fellow Negin Farsad weaves comedy and social commentary to cleverly undercut stereotypes of her culture. In this uproarious talk/stand-up hybrid, Farsad speaks on her documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, narrates her fight with the MTA in New York and offers a detailed breakdown of the different types of haters she’s encountered in her work. “Comedy is one of our best weapons,” she says. “We’ve tried a lot of approaches to social justice, like war and competitive ice dancing — but a lot of things are still kind of awful. I think it’s time we try and tell a really good poop joke.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TBPsFt7w0k In a time of much division, fear, and hate, “Dear Child” is a video series that seeks to remind us of our shared humanity. We invited Muslim parents to share a message to their children about their racial and religious identity, and how to respond to prejudice and Islamophobia they may experience. We hope that one day, Muslim parents will no longer have to have this talk with their children, but until then we hope their message will awaken us to this reality they currently face and inspire understanding.
COMPLICATED CONVERSATIONS WITH DIRECTOR PARVEZ SHARMA ON HIS NEW FILM —
A SINNER IN MECCA
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights
Parvez Sharma is a gay, Muslim filmmaker, journalist and writer. He is originally from India and now lives in New York City. His two films: A Jihad for Love (2008) and A Sinner in Mecca (2014) are well known on the festival circuit as well as in human rights and academic circles.