Saturday, December 31, 2011

Obama signs bill with provision that would deny legal rights to US citizens. http://wapo.st/uYCgc5
Pakistani transgender activist to stand for election. LGBTMuslims Pakistan http://bit.ly/sxMed0
Rick Santorum gets glitter bombed. Don't you just love the gays!! ;-) http://bit.ly/vkh4yf

Friday, December 30, 2011

Egypt raids international aid offices, including 3 U.S.-based organizations. Welcome to the new democracy folks. http://t.co/V6NPHIvm

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pew study finds that young people more likely to favor socialism than capitalism: http://t.co/rOX1dZhT

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Unlawful Detention on US Soil | The Nation http://ow.ly/8cpp2
Obama's abysmal record on civil liberties | The Guardian http://ow.ly/8cpsU
Byproduct of war. So sad. Somalia Faces Alarming Rise in Rapes of Women and Girls - NYTimes.com http://ow.ly/8cpw2

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Have a Merry Middle Eastern Christmas! - Holiday Traditions from All Over the Arab World; Replace ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Meelad Majeed' http://see.sc/wqy8sH
Beirut's Growing Gay Scene Gets "Out" Online http://see.sc/cCACC1 Lebanon LGBTRights Beirut

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Kwaanza. Today marks the first day and it honors the principle of Unity. Much love to each of you. http://bit.ly/vvuFyQ

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Utah's Jews and Muslims help less fortunate on Christmas. 19 years and going. http://bit.ly/rU7Maz
Lebabon's Diverse Faiths Celebrate Christmas. Across Sects, Joyous Occassion. http://bit.ly/uMGoeY
Christmas Celebrations in Tunisia. http://ping.fm/orwb7
Friday prayer sermon in Beirut honors birth of Jesus and calls for mutual love between Muslims and Christians. http://bit.ly/tI3Xbk

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The persecution of Pakistan’s Christian minority – CNN Photos - CNN.com Blogs http://ow.ly/886mZ

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends and loved ones. May the Festival of Lights brighten your lives today and throughout the year.

Monday, December 19, 2011

You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you’ve ever seen. - MLK
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice. Proverbs 24:17
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice. Proverbs 24:17

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w
A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w
A Changed U.S. State Department - By Amb. Michael Guest. The US is a latecomer to international efforts to address anti-LGBT abuses.http://see.sc/k0rw5w

Friday, December 09, 2011

2011 LGBT Muslim Retreat T-Shirts


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Sweden’s first Muslim female police recruit, Donna Eljammal, 26, does not regard her traditional Muslim hijab as a hindrance but rather an asset for her future career within the Swedish police force. http://ow.ly/7Ur2m

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Sec. Hillary Clinton is visiting with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees before joining a high level meeting on displaced persons. http://ping.fm/hAMWr
In other news Mumia Abu Jamal's sentence has been reduced to life and former IL Governor Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 yrs.
George W. prob didn't even know queer Muslims existed let alone inviting them to the White House Iftaar dinner! Just sayin. :-)
For what it's worth the Obama administration has been more LGBT inclusive than any President before.
So is it weird that I had an inside scoop on the Hillary speech? One of her staff told me back in Aug at the White House Iftaar. :-)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

"Being gay is not a Western invention... It is a human reality." - Secretary Hillary Clinton Dignity4all LGBTRights
"...while we are each free to believe whatever we choose, we cannot do whatever we choose, not in a world where we protect the [HR] of all."
"Combating Islamaphobia or anti-Semitism is a task for people of all faiths. And the same is true with this struggle for equality." -Clinton
WP: Many of the ambassadors in the audience responded with stony faces and rushed out of the room as soon as Clinton finished speaking. LGBTRights
Sec. Hillary Clinton says gay rights the equal of race, gender rights; cultural biases are no excuse. Washington Post article. http://ping.fm/oibix
Video and transcript of Sec. Hillary Clinton's historic speech today in Geneva about international LGBT rights. http://ping.fm/9HUx7
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Video of Sec Hillary Clinton's historic speech on international LGBT rights. http://ping.fm/6oArX
HR should be as much a priority in the US as what we expect for other countries - esp if we'll use our "power" to dictate foreign policy.
Apparently it's wrong to kill LGBT people in other countries but it's totally acceptable to kill "terrorists" that supposedly threaten us.
What effect todays directive will actually have is not known. Many US allies have atrocious human rights records against LGBT people.
Some US folks argue that President needs to do more here; others counter that foreign aid should not be used as a leverage to push policy.
Fascinating to read comments in mainstream newspaper websites about today's Presidential directive regarding LGBT rights.
Sec. Clinton: "We must reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT people everywhere..."
Human Rights 1st on Clinton speech: emerging intl. consensus that HR protections extend to abuses based on sexual orien / gender id. http://ping.fm/V6JMo
Clinton's audience in Geneva... included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations with poor records on gay rights. - Associated Press
White House Fact Sheet: Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally http://ping.fm/5EKf3
Sec. Hillary Clinton gave a historic speech just now in Geneva; was announced as HR speech about focused almost exclusively on LGBTRights
Mixed feelings about today's announcement from President about "foreign aid" and LGBT rights. Happy about other directives issued today. LGBTRights
US Presidential Memorandum - International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons http://ping.fm/R7SVU
Obama orders U.S. diplomats to increase efforts to fight LGBT discrimination abroad LGBTRights http://ping.fm/FNSOY
Breaking News: President Obama Directs Agencies to Consider LGBT Rights in Foregin Aid & Sec. Clinton in Geneva Discusses LGBT Concerns http://ping.fm/dvM59

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Michelle Bachman wants to shut down the American embassy in Iran. Yes you heard that right. :) http://ping.fm/8TDmq
First Rick Perry, now Michelle Bachman... Wow! And how long have we NOT had an embassy in Iran?! http://ping.fm/gRpGA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Northern Florida - higher poverty, lower rates of education and higher Af Am population creates "perfect storm" for HIV epidemic. HIV http://ping.fm/fmoGd
Neglecting HIV/AIDS in the South. In the southeast, the epidemic is growing faster than in any other region in the country. See map. http://ping.fm/AGviu
Herman Cain considering dropping out of Presidential race. 1 down, 9 go! :) http://ping.fm/HsdUc

Monday, November 28, 2011

‘Pinkwashing’ and Israel’s Use of Gays as a Messaging Tool

http://ping.fm/mEyU0
Check out these amazing pictures from this weekend's New Delhi Pride Parade! http://ping.fm/30LNp LGBTIndia

Thursday, November 24, 2011

So I've heard of oversold flights but oversold rental cars?! 30+ people waiting for a car.

Remembering Two-Spirits This Thanksgiving-OpEd

Historically, I am reminded that for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause of celebration, but rather a National Day of Mourning, remembering the real significance of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 as a symbol of persecution and genocide of Native Americans and the long history of bloodshed with European settlers.

I am also reminded of my Two-Spirit Native American brothers and sisters who struggle with their families and tribes not approving of their sexual identities and gender expressions as many of us do with our families and faith communities.

Remembering Two-Spirits This Thanksgiving-OpEd

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Um we just discovers the Barbie channel. WTF?!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Doble Doble Doble breeze card :-) Spanish for www.breezecard - transit card in Atlanta

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gay and Muslim groups relieved by changes to bullying bill in Michigan - http://ping.fm/K9KKx
Malaysian States Want Harsher Punishments for Homosexuality http://ping.fm/gCYXZ

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Folks in / around Albany: I'll be speaking at Univ. at Albany SUNY on Tuesday 11/15; 7:30 pm. See http://ping.fm/uwg0V
Speaking at Montclair State University tomorrow (Monday) - 5:30 pm. If you're in the area come out to see me! :) http://ping.fm/HqXRD

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Speaking at Univ. of Pittsburgh tomorrow night (Thursday). Hit me up if you're in town. :) hiddenvoices lgbtmuslims

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Previously firebombed French satirical magazine publishes cartoon of "Gay Muhammad" - But as they point out, "love is stronger than hate." http://ping.fm/C6Rlt

Article: Faisal Alam connects GLBT and Muslim communities


From Rocky Mountain Student Media - Colorado State University
By Hannah Tran 
Updated: 10/20/11 5:22pm

Faisal Alam, the founder of the longest running Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Muslim support group in today’s society, came to CSU this week to enlighten students about the presence of GLBT and Muslim individuals.
Alam described the confusion and angst he experienced during his past. Alam came to the United States at age ten and began coping with conflicting identities.
On one hand, he had to assimilate into American culture while hanging on to his Muslim roots. On the other, he had to veil his sexual identity due to the fear of blemishing his religious identification.
“Islam condemned homosexuality, there isn’t an if, and, or but,” Alam said during his keynote speech at the East Ballrooms in the LSC.
Alam also described the revolutionary change that is shaping today’s contemporary Muslim religion. He stated that there was more fluidity in the past with sexual relations within the religion, and it has only been until recently that there has been a sharp distinction between homosexuality and heterosexuality.
“I thought I was the only gay Muslim while I was growing up,” he said.
Despite this, Alam says that democracy as well as the youth is subsiding the silence of GLBT Muslims across the world. Alam served as the president of GLBT Muslim group Al-Fatiha until stepping down in 2004.
However, he is continuing his movement as a member of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable and theGLBT Program of Human Rights Watch.
During his visit at the LSC, Alam asked CSU students to name several negative stereotypes associated with each group, concluding that both share similar hardships. He hopes that those who are treated as insubordinates unite together and put their visions into action.
“I learned to take the knowledge that I have learned and implement it,” said Moonier Said, a Muslim student here at CSU.
Alam enjoyed his first visit here at CSU and is currently visiting Boulder as well as Denver.

Video: Faisal Alam connects GLBT and Muslim communities - Colorado State University




El-Farouk Khaki, founder of Salaam Canada shares his thoughts on being LGBT & Muslim on Eid; challenges, love, opportunity... http://ping.fm/0BmdR
Beautiful Eid pictures from Al-Jazeera - http://ping.fm/TSXUo

Monday, November 07, 2011

Leveraging hip hop in US foreign policy; Diplomats and officials use the music of the oppressed to connect with disaffected Muslim youth. http://ow.ly/7lAoU

For young Muslims, Hajj pilgrimage reawakens Islamic values

"I saw people from Brazil, Spain, from China, from Japan -- Muslims from all over the world speaking different languages..." http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/07/world/meast/hajj-pilgrimage-ireport/

Sexy TV Host's Popularity Underscores Pakistan's Contradictions

Many consider Mathira immoral for her provocative attire and willingness to talk about taboo subjects such as sexuality, love and AIDS. Others admire her for pushing the limits.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-mathira-20110925,0,5144143.story
For an American pilgrim in Saudi Arabia, a discovery of fellowship; Joining Muslim faithful from around the globe... brings joy... http://ping.fm/wJJ7T
Pictures: Muslims Around the World Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha (some photos are graphic) - http://ping.fm/w2q2o

Sunday, November 06, 2011

110-year-old Turkish woman’s dream realized as she performs hajj - http://ping.fm/GivwE
Eid Greetings from President Obama, Michelle Obama and the White House - http://ping.fm/NJ1zi

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Beautiful pictures from this year's Hajj pilgrimage (considered the world's largest gathering of people). http://ping.fm/zslPO

Friday, November 04, 2011

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) reminds you to "fall back" on Saturday night so you won't miss Eid on Sunday, Nov. 6. :-) http://ping.fm/XW2eS
World's most populous Muslim country (Indonesia) opens first LGBT health clinic. http://ping.fm/n0CZ5

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Poverty in the suburbs has grown by more than 53% since 2000. It is no longer an urban phenomenon. - Brookings Institute
1 in 15 Americans now live in "extreme poverty." Annual income $5,500 for 1 person and $11,500 for 4 people. Welcome to America! Insane!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Short reprieve; on the road again. Miami Univ (OH) tomorrow; Univ. of Pitts. 11/10; Montclair State 11/14 and Univ. of Albany 11/15. :-)
Article: Queer, Undocumented and Unafraid - http://ping.fm/M7gYa
Indian LGBT activist argues that UK PM's "conditions" on aid to Global South amount to a new form of colonialism. By akshay khanna http://ping.fm/jO8Vl
African LGBT NGOs caution use of "international aid" to ensure LGBT rights. "Donor sanctions are by their nature coercive..." http://ping.fm/9937J

Friday, October 28, 2011

“When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Montclair State University, where I'll be speaking in a couple of weeks received a threat; looks like its because of me coming... Yikes! http://ping.fm/WicWu
Awesome visit to James Madison Univ; dinner w/ queer and Muslim and queer Muslim students. Heading to Virginia Comm. Univ. (where Dr. Amina Wadud taught for many years). http://ping.fm/WdsWk

Muslims for Progressive Values Reception in DC with Rep. Keith Ellison


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm always fascinated how universities in small & cons. areas of the country become the only places where prog. folks can come together. :)
Off to Harrisonburg, VA; James Madison Univ. tonight. This week I'm going back and forth in Southern VA. Beautiful area but v. conservative.
100+ students at my talk (College of William and Mary); I joked that I thought it was College of Jesus and Mary); v. intelligent students!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hello Colonial Williamsburg! Speaking at College of William and Mary tonight; 2nd oldest college in the US. See you soon. :) http://ping.fm/Tlv8u

Monday, October 24, 2011

Powerful and inspirational article featuring Muslims for Progressive Values. "Battling for gay rights, in Allah's name." http://ping.fm/vhv39
Dear fellow travelers: Sorry TSA keeps pulling you aside & letting me go. I can't help being such a queen! "Baby, I was born this way." ;-)
Dear plane seat mates on my right and left: Hogging the armrest & crossing your legs into my space is not allowed. Read etiquette guide pls.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Muslims for Progressive Values reception with Rep. Keith Ellison. Tomorrow (Monday) 6 pm at HRC. I'll be in town for it. mpvusa.org. C u there!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Make that 9 states in 14 days: PA, OH, VA, WV, CO, WY, MA and ME. Um... Crazy much? Yup!!
Back home for a hot minute. 7 states in 14 days and I feel like a tourist in my own city. :-)
Speaking at Georgia Southern University LGBTQ & Allies Conference in Statesboro, GA today. Welcome to Southern Georgia Ya'll! :-) http://ping.fm/H0TV7
LGBT Student Conference Panel on Faith & Sexuality turned into conv. on "gay marriage." My turn: Um, Let's talk about "Beyond Marriage." :-) http://ping.fm/ztL20

Friday, October 21, 2011

Boulder, CO in the morning. Statesboro, GA in evening. Ah... life of a superstar activist & speaker. NOT!! :-)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Going to airport to get another car. I ran out of gas. Fuel gauge is not working
So apparently brown people don't belong in Wyoming (unless your Native Am ofcourse). Stranded in rental car on major highway nr Cheyenne. Ugh
Shameful that MPAC, ISNA and CAIR feel the need to "celebrate" Qadafi's death w news release but no outrage over killings of Christians on Egypt.
hristians in Egypt.
Sad and shameful that mainstream US Muslim organizations (CAIR, MPAC, ISNA) feel the need to "celebrate" Qadafi's death yet no outrage over killings of C
Holy Buffalo Herd in Wyoming!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Beautiful Colorado. CO State Univ tonight Leading workshop on "Building a Revolution: LGBT and Muslim Working Together"
Who are the Gideons and why do they have a bible in EVERY single hotel room I've been in the last week from WV, to OH, PA and CO?!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yay to CNN for broadcasting full I have a Dream speech by MLK.
Driving to airport. Tuned into XM to hear King Memorial Dedication. Um.. Fox News was only station broadcasting. What's the world come to?!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Citizens of 82 countries are holding protests today calling for an end to economic inequality. No mainstream US news has reported this. BBC did.

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Become an organ donor. Give your heart to Jesus." - billboard in NE WV for Christian ministry. :-)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"I like sports, cars, sports cars, crafting... and men. Being gay is a small part of who I am." - gay Asian VT student
"The third time I came out to my parents, they threw holy water at me. I told them that's not what it's supposed to be used for."
5 Muslim students are watching LGBT student coming out songs & poems. Hearts being changed folks. Young people are leading the revolution!
"My big Italian father gave me the strongest bear hug I've ever had." - young gay man at VT about coming out to his "pop."
stories through humor, tears, anxiety, love...
LGBTA of Virginia Tech having student monologues of coming out stories. One of the most powerful events I've witnessed. Brave young people sharing their
Driving through West Virginia literally cutting through Appalachian Mountains. Beautiful and Autimnal colorful forests. VA Tech tonight. :-)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OMG I just met bell hooks! She's so fierce! Full story to come soon. :-)
Sad to learn of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny's passing today. Amazing career. His life-long struggle for equality will not be forgotten. RIP

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Now entering West Virginia. Give me a W! Give me a V! What do you get? Middle of nowhere! ;-)
API and Muslim communities describe families "facing out" to community and society when an individual chooses to disclose their sexual or.
Is "coming out" a Western construct? In communities with strong familial ties an individual's actions affect entire communities.
Driving this humongous Dodge Avenger. Feeling so butch! Rawr! :-)
125+ students at my talk tonight at IN Univ of PA. Began by honoring First Nations and Native American history. Full report coming soon.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Full schedule of my Fall 2011 speaking engagements. Hope to see many of you somewhere along the way. :-) lgbtmuslims http://ping.fm/0eaG2
On the road starting tomorrow. Indiana Univ. of PA 10/10; Ohio State Univ. 10/11; Virginia Tech 10/13. Twitter @faisalalam lgbtmuslims C u!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Happy Pride Atlanta! See ya'll out this weekend!
Powerful piece by Urvashi Vaid on Paula's passing and the need for a broader feminist critique of our social justice movements. http://ping.fm/IdMkF
Very sad loss... Paula Ettelbrick, a gentle spirit, ardent advocate for social justice, powerful voice for equality... you will be missed. http://ping.fm/UODJP

Thursday, October 06, 2011

How many of us remember George W. Bush saying that we were "liberating" Afghanistan. Wonder how liberated Afghani people feel today.
1 out of 3 US veterans say military invasions and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not worth it. 4,500+ killed, $1.3 trillion wasted.
Says a lot about our country when no mainstream newspaper is covering the fact that today marks 10 years since beginning of war in Afghanistan.
Video and Article: Kabul Rocks... With Music; Afghan Rock Bands Come Together after More than 35 Years - http://ping.fm/2pssN
Rocking Kabul: Afghanistan Stages Secretive Rock Event - BBC Article http://ping.fm/97XRj

Sunday, October 02, 2011

My upcoming speaking engagements. Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, New Jersey. See you on the road! :) http://ping.fm/XPMgo

Upcoming Speaking Engagements - "Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims"

Dear friends,

I'll be on the road and speaking at a number of universities in the coming weeks.

If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello. :)

University of North Texas - October 4, 2011
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Oct. 10, 2011
Ohio State University - October 11, 2011
Virginia Tech - October 13, 2011
Bridgewater State University - October 17, 2011
Colorado State University - October 19, 2011

Georgia Southern University LGBT Conference - October 22, 2011

College of William and Mary - October 25, 2011
James Madison University - October 26, 2011
Virginia Commonwealth University - October 27, 2011

Miami University (Ohio) - November 2, 2011
Montclair State University - November 14, 2011

"Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims" aims to highlight the many struggles and challenges facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and to examine the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality and gender.

Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent and the founder and former director of Al-Fatiha, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. Faisal has traveled across the country and around the world to meet with LGBTIQ Muslims to build a global queer Muslim movement.

Using his own life experience and by exploring the complex history of the Islamic world, Faisal strives to bring new light onto the lives of an often invisible and silent community: Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning.

More information on my presentation can be found at http://www.hiddenvoices.info.

You can also follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faisal-Alam/129264817125767
and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/faisalalam

My blog is at http://faisal-alam.blogspot.com/.
If you'd like to meet up for coffee or tea, please contact me at alam.faisal@gmail.com.

Look forward to meeting many of you.

Best,

Faisal

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

L'shanah tovah and Shubh Navrati to my Jewish and Hindu peeps. :-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

May be getting too old to be running around everywhere! :) 15 speaking engagements between now and mid-Nov. Ummm... Wow!
Dear NYC, Summer ended a few days ago and I brought my "Fall" clothes. Now I'm sweating and not happy! Love you still!

Friday, September 23, 2011

As much as you may hate him, President Ahmadinejad (of Iran) makes some good points about reparations and US military imperialism. http://ping.fm/i7nNp
Check out the fierce 33 yo Pakistani foreign minister (who went to UMass Amherst) talking to Wolf Blitzer. "It takes two to tango..." :) http://ping.fm/KwNbJ

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Council on American Islamic Relations @CAIRNational Calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty Following Troy Davis Execution http://ping.fm/U9YVc
Wolf Blitzer (CNN) asks President Ahmadinejad about homosexuality in Iran. http://ping.fm/JciqR
World shocked by U.S. execution of Troy Davis - http://ping.fm/nGSn2
Atlanta Journal Constitution Reporter's account of TroyDavis execution. "Watching an Execution" http://ping.fm/D5wpH
Reporter's eye witness account of TroyDavis execution. http://ping.fm/JYCC7
"Keep God in mind wherever you are; follow a wrong with a right that offsets it; and treat people courteously." - The Prophet Muhammad

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

For those about to take my life," he told prison officials, "may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls."
RT @YKHong we can never let this happen again. revolution happens now and everyday. change the world in everything you do.
"To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice" - Bishop Desomnd Tutu
John Lewis: Tonight, a little piece of all of us will die. TroyDavis
Text of US Supreme Court Ruling regarding TroyDavis case. http://ping.fm/8r6oZ
“Troy Davis has impacted the world,” his sister Martina Correia said. “They say, ‘I am Troy Davis,’ in languages he can’t speak.”
“The state of Georgia is about to demonstrate why govt can’t be trusted with the power over life and death,” @LauraMoye Amnesty Inter
Today - we are all Troy Davis. May you have peace with your Lord; this world could only bring you agony and pain. RIP TroyDavis
Today, I pledge to work harder than ever before to create a world of justice; US criminal justice system MUST be reformed.
Dr. King is crying in the heavens tonight as only 30 miles from his memorial an innocent man is being killed by the state of Georgia.
"The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied,"
US Supreme Court judges took more than four hours to issue their rejection of the final appeal, an unusually long time for such a ruling.
Breaking News: US Supreme Court declines to intervene in TroyDavis case. Execution will proceed within 1/2 hour. We will never forget you!
Richard Kim (The Nation) live blogging about US history of death penalty and SCOTUS - http://ping.fm/XBYG4
100+ folks have gathered outside US Sup. Court awaiting decision; 2 hrs 35 mins and counting. Death is irreversible folks! TooMuchDoubt!
6 Prison Wardens from Prisons with Execution Chambers Including Former GA Warden "Do not kill TroyDavis" http://bit.ly/r0VFQ5 TooMuchDoubt
@democracynow is livestreaming from outside prison TroyDavis; Larry Cox of Amnesty International on now. http://ping.fm/fs2uW
"(Waiting) is a treacherous process... It (the death penalty is not a clean and clear process like it appears..." - @LauraMoye aiusa
Today I'm disgusted to be an American and ashamed to be a citizen of Georgia.
TroyDavis is literally waiting in execution chamber with needles in arms; Hearse is waiting to take body to funeral home.
Lawyers filed SCOTUS exeuction stay request at 6:25pm. SCOTUS knows in advance of pending executions; we won't know how Justice's will vote
SCOTUS is not "in session." Justices are spread across country; clerk contacts justices; majority (5 of 9) needed to issue "stay."
TroyDavis statement to supporters - "The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me..." http://ping.fm/7o0E3
State of GA says: "There is a delay, not a reprieve." MSNBC: 100+ riot police and hundreds of protesters in front of prison. TroyDavis
MSNBC: GA could move forward with execution if it wanted to; but they are "waiting" for SCOTUS; decision could come tonight or even tomorrow
AmnestyInternational leading vigils & demonstrations outside US embassies in France, Mali, Hong Kong, Peru, Germany and the UK. TroyDavis
Troy Davis execution delayed while Supreme Court considers "stay" - http://ping.fm/FPldx
CNN reporting that Supreme Court is waiting for 9 justices to vote on Troy Davis execution. Temporary "Reprieve" not "Stay"
Larry Cox of AI: "The rest of the world looks at us... and cannot understand why a country that stands for justice does this." TroyDavis
Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International: "This is an amazing spectacle the US puts on... all to kill one man."
Breaking News: US Supreme Court Puts Reprieve on Troy Davis Execution; needs more time to look at case.
6 Prison Wardens say to Georgia "Do not kill TroyDavis" http://bit.ly/r0VFQ5 TooMuchDoubt
Corrections officials urge TroyDavis executioners against proceeding, warn of "nightmares" http://bit.ly/r0VFQ5 TooMuchDoubt

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Take action to stop TroyDavis execution - call on doctor to refuse to participate in killing! http://bit.ly/ogaTRR

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where are the moderate Muslims you ask? "They are right here" -
http://ping.fm/enzUY
Ahmadiyya Muslims honor 9/11 by donating blood and starting organization "Muslims for Life" http://ping.fm/jPmNi
Muslims in Dearborn, MI (largest community of Arabs outside of Middle East) remember 9/11 and condemn terrorism - http://ping.fm/6rPmU
As we "remember" 9/11, I share with you quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. about the destruction of war and why we must all fight for peace. http://ping.fm/QboBq
Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11. "I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else..." http://ping.fm/pj9U7
Comic strips remember 9/11 - http://ping.fm/V52Iz
"Mixed Bag" for U.S. Muslims since 9/11 - http://ping.fm/ybgLh
Muslim Americans Decry Violence; Their Country, Their Faith - http://ping.fm/W56Ei
Gallup: More Muslims rejected the idea of justifiable violence than any other faith group; 89% say such acts can never be condoned.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hard to believe that teens today don't remember 9/11 events. NPR: "were we always at war?" asked one student.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Iran executes 3 men for 'lavat' (homosexuality). lgbtmuslims http://ping.fm/qybGK
What do Muslims, American Football and Fasting have in common? Check out Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football. http://ping.fm/M8q55

Monday, September 05, 2011

Thinking outside the 'Muslim bubble' - 10 yrs. after 9/11, Muslims reaching out to non-Muslim neighbors in small ways have big results. http://ping.fm/e2JeK

Friday, September 02, 2011

If you're a black gay or lesbian with a predilection for Spock ears & a passion for college football, your ship has come in; welcome to ATL http://ping.fm/xzf2M

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For Muslim family, faith complicates grief for loved one lost on 9/11 http://ping.fm/i36Ed

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr http://ping.fm/U6fft
14% of Muslims in the US report incomes of $100k+ vs 16% of all adults. But 45% report incomes of less than 30k vs. 36% of all adults in US http://people-press.org/2011/08/30/section-1-a-demographic-portrait-of-muslim-americans/
Muslim Americans that say "homosexuality should be discouraged by society" in 2011: 45% vs 2007: 61% / 16% decrease in 4 years! http://people-press.org/2011/08/30/muslim-americans-no-signs-of-growth-in-alienation-or-support-for-extremism/
Check out the Pew report on Muslim Americans that came out today. http://ping.fm/jpM5A

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ramadan: Time to fast, pray and spend http://ping.fm/Sskez

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WH Press Release: Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner

This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the third Iftar hosted by the President. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.
Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative
The Honorable Keith Ellison, United States Representative
The Honorable Donald Payne, United States Representative
DIPLOMATIC CORPS
Her Excellency Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador, African Union Mission
His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
His Excellency Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Her Excellency Huda Ezra Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain
His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
His Excellency Bienvenu Joseph Charles Foe-Atangana, Ambassador of Cameroon
His Excellency Adam Bechir Mahamoud, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad
His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti
His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Mory Karamoko Kaba, Ambassador of Guinea
His Excellency Bayney Ram Karran, Ambassador of Guyana
His Excellency Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of Indonesia
His Excellency Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
His Excellency Micahel Scott Oren, Ambassador of Israel
His Excellency Aziz Mekour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
Her Excellency Aminata Maiga Djibrilla, Ambassador of Niger
Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan
His Excellency Mr. Maen Areikat, Ambassador, PLO Mission
His Excellency Ali Bin Fahad Faleh Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation
His Excellency Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of Senegal
His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone
His Excellency Subhas Chandra Mungra, Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname
His Excellency Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Ambassador of Tanzania
His Excellency Edawe Limbiye Kadangha Bariki, Ambassador, Togo
His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Yousif Mana Saeed Alotaiba, Ambassador, United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan
His Excellency Abdulwahab A. Al Hajjri, Ambassador of the Republic Yemen
His Excellency Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador and Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference
The Honorable Damir Dzanko, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Bosnia
The Honorable Sufyan Salman Qudah, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Honorable Jetish Jashari, Chargé d'Affaires at Embassy of Republic of Kosovo
The Honorable Tarek Ben Youssef, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Tunisia
COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Mr. Hamza Abdullah, Arizona Cardinals
Mr. Husain Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings
Ms. Dina Amer
Mrs. Durriya Badani, Brookings Institute
Ms. Faiza Arain, Los Angeles Police Department
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan
Mr. Mohamed Ali Malouche, Tunisian American Young Professionals
Mr. Akram Syed, National Association of Indian Muslims
Mrs. Mansura Shajahan
Mr. Yusuf Shajahan
Dr. Manzoor Tariq, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America

President Obama's Remarks at the White House Iftar Dinner - August 10, 2011




Monday, August 08, 2011

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan - August 1, 2011



THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2011

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere.  Families and communities share the happiness of gathering together for iftar and prayers. Bazaars light up the night in many cities from Rabat to Jakarta.  And here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers. 

For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God's mercy.  It is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate.  The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and compel us to act.  Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even worse catastrophe by offering support and assistance to on-going relief efforts.

Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House.  Ramadan Kareem.

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White House Iftaar Invitation 2011


Saturday, July 23, 2011

My First Day in New York - by Ifti Nasim

MY FIRST DAY IN NEW YORK

At the Kennedy airport I told the cab driver
About the YMCA
He dropped me off in front of the door.
A woman checked me in
I dropped my luggage in the room.
Came out of the room looking for a toilet.
I saw few men standing in front of the urinals
I stood in front of an empty one and released
Myself. Suddenly I noticed someone is watching me.
I looked over my shoulder.
A sailor was standing next to me
Half-mast.
I was very impressed by the warm welcome
And American hospitality.
Being an Eastern and newly arrived in this country,
I did not want to be rude.
So I told him very politely
"Thanks but I am vegetarian."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Muslims in America - Washington Post Special Report; 10 Years after 9/11 - http://ping.fm/M2qu1

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happy Pride San Diego!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

American Federation of Muslims of Muslims of Indian Origin Condemns Mumbai Blasts - http://ping.fm/Gtlhu
Indian American Muslim Council Condemns Mumbai Bombings - http://ping.fm/gZsrV
You know you travel too much when you're cleaning your room and find transit cards and can't remember what city they're from. :-)
Prayers and thoughts to residents of Bombay. 3 explosions during evening rush hour. Many reported dead and injured.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Khushiali Mubarak to all Ismailis. Today marks the 54th anniversary of the current Aga Khan's leadership. It is also known as Imamat Day and is celebrated by Ismailis across the globe.
I'm happy for (Prince) William... I really am... NOT!! Painting on skid row and night out with J Lo? Jealous of Kate? Nah!! Puke!! Bleh!! He was mine you *****!! MINE!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Back from the bar and thinking about the politics of sex, desire, internalized racism, white privilege, sexual race dynamics, leather culture... Wish I could turn my brain off sometimes. Once an activist... Will write more about this soon...
So some FOBs dance as bad as the white people. Hehe. No offense to FOBs or white people. But this isn't a Bollywood movie or a Ricky Martin video. :-)

Friday, July 08, 2011

RIP Betty Ford

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Awww. Young gay couples' hands almost touching on BART (train) and close personal contact. Oh wait... They're just German. Never mind. ;-p

Monday, July 04, 2011

Enjoying a beautiful July 4 BBQ in Oakland Hills at the home of a black/white gay couple who've been together for 35+ years! :-)
Pakistan's Transgender Community Voice Disappointment Over Budget That Discludes Support for Their Community http://ping.fm/Aqb7u
Saalgira Mubarak Amreeka! Happy Birthday America! :)

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Many of the sessions at MPV retreat were recorded on video. Join the Muslims for Progressive Values Facebook group to keep updated. MPVRetreat
Yarehk Hernandez and Ani Zonneveld presented 3 yr strategic plan for Muslims for Progressive Values. Donors and volunteers needed. See www.mpvusa.org MPVRetreat
Dr. Amina Wadud discussing "How the fundamental principle (Tawhid) of Islam demands equality and justice." MPVRetreat
Ani Zonneveld did call to prayer and Dr. Ghazals Anwar led congregational prayer with 30+ progressive Muslims and allies. MPVRetreat
Ani Zonneveld did call to prayer and Dr. Ghazals Anwar led congregational prayer with 30+ progressive Muslims and allies. MPVRetreat
Dr. Ghazala Anwar speaking about historical vs sacred biographies of Muhammad and his first wife Khadijah. MPVRetreat stuffyoineverlrarnedinsundayschool
Correction: American Islamic Fellowship's twitter account is @americanislamic MPVRetreat AmericanIslamic
Progressive Muslims + Beautiful Berkeley, CA + Delicious Persian Dinner and Italian Gelato = Amazing Community MPVRetreat
Ani Zonneveld, Co-Founder of Muslims for Progressive Values interviewed on local Bay Area radio station. 25 mins in. www.kpfa.org/archive/id/71188 MPVRetreat
Yarehk Hernandez presented on progressive Muslim education in Sunday school curriculums today. Participants used art supplies to visually represent their childhood perceptions of God. MPVRetreat We are the future of Islam.
Follow Kelly Wentworth, Chair of American Islamic Fellowship, progressive Muslim org in Atlanta @americanislam. Live twitter updates from MPVRetreat.
LGBTQ 101 and Being An Ally - presented at MPV retreat today. Straight Muslims learning about diff betw sex, gender and sexual orientation and intersections of identities. And how to be allies to queer people. MPVRetreat

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Tears, love, community - we are the future of Islam folks. Revolution begins from within ourselves and from within our own communities. MPVRetreat
Ani Zonneveld, Chair of MPV recited call to prayer for Zuhr and Dr. Amina Wadud led 25+ progressive Muslims and allies in congregational prayer. MPVRetreat
"We searched high and low and found halaal food that also had gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options." Sara announcing lunch at MPVRetreat
We are building a home together, decorating the interior.. and create the best feng shui - Sara Farooqi at MPVRetreat
Islam was founded because of issues of inequality. - Sara Farooqi, Vice Chair MPV at opening of MPVRetreat
Cultivating Spirituality and an Ethos of Justice in Everyday Life - theme of MPVRetreat at beautiful Pacific School of Religion - 70 degrees beautiful sunny day!
Live updates from Muslims for Progressive Values retreat in Berkeley, CA - on FB, blog (faisal-alam.blogspot.com) and Twitter hashtag MPVRetreat.
Happy Pride Toronto and London. Salaam Canada and Imaan will be marching! Good luck and Pride Mubarak! ;-)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Press Release: Progressive Muslims Gather in Berkeley, CA at Muslims for Progressive Values' 5th Annual Retreat

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PRESS RELEASE

MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES TO HOLD FIFTH ANNUAL RETREAT AT PACIFIC SCHOOL OF RELIGION IN BERKELEY, CA – JULY 1 - 3, 2011

Press Contact:

Ani Zonneveld
Chair, Muslims for Progressive Values

Cell: 323-842-2869
Email: ani@mpvusa.org
Web: http://www.mpvusa.org

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Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to establishing and nurturing progressive Muslim communities across the United States, will hold its 5th Annual Retreat at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA from July 1-3, 2011. The event is being cosponsored by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

Founded in 2007, MPV is a non-profit community organization rooted in the Qur'anic ideal of social justice and working for the implementation of progressive values (human rights, separation of religious and state authorities, freedom of expression, LGBT rights, women's self-determination, etc.). MPV has chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Ottawa (Canada).

The 5th Annual Retreat is expected to bring together 40+ community leaders, volunteers and progressive Muslims from across the United States.

The retreat will feature renowned gender rights scholars Dr. Amina Wadud and Dr. Ghazala Anwar.  

Dr. Amina Wadud, a feminist and human rights activist, made headlines in 2005 for leading a widely publicized mixed-gender Muslim prayer.  Dr. Wadud is the author of "Inside the Gender Jihad: Reform in Islam" and "Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Women's Perspective."  

Dr. Ghazala Anwar is a scholar of Islamic jurisprudence and Sufism. Her research has explored issues of healing, gender and sexuality in Islam.  Dr. Anwar participates frequently in national and international forums on interfaith dialogue and other current issues relating to Islam. She currently teaches at the Starr King School.

"Progressive Muslims experience unique challenges. Many mosques are not supportive of our values. We often find ourselves spiritually homeless. At the same time, Islamophobia is on the rise and we are experiencing the brunt of a hostile political climate. MPV's annual retreat is a crucial component in strengthening the progressive Muslim movement and nurturing our growing community. Not only do we come together to reconnect as individuals, we engage in discourse regarding the many social justice issues impacting our daily lives. " said Sara Farooqi, Vice Chair of Muslims for Progressive Values and a coordinator of the retreat. 

In discussing MPV's work, Ani Zonneveld, co-founder and Chair of Muslims for Progressive Values says "MPV addresses two major concerns:  Countering radicalism within some elements of the Muslim community and pushing back against Islamophobia within our society."

Workshops and sessions at the retreat will include:

Progressive Muslim Education: The Difference in Action
LGBT 101 for Muslim Allies
Zikr (Islamic Meditation)
Khadijah: A Model Worthy of Emulation
Spiritual Development and Social Action


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Sara A. Farooqi
Muslims for Progressive Values
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
www.mpvusa.org

"God enjoins justice, kindness, and generosity towards one's fellow humankind." - Quran 16:90



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Now entering the Castro District, also known as "Queer Mecca," "Satan's Lair," and America's "Sodom" :)
For Many Immigrants, Marriage Vote Resonates http://ping.fm/DWnTH
A Muslim American's Thoughts on Gay Marriage http://ping.fm/CmOaL marriageequality

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is Israel Using Gay Rights to Excuse Its Policy on Palestine? http://ping.fm/x44NB
http://ping.fm/iWROn

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Why Muslim States Must Support LGBT Rights - http://ping.fm/V9QEy
Istanbul sees its ninth annual gay pride parade;
The march is the only one of its kind in a majority-Muslim country. http://ping.fm/WeITL
Happy Pride SF, NYC, Chicago, Dallas and Houston! So happy for all the queer South Asians and Arabs marching today! Love to you all!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Islamic reality TV show in Malaysia seeks best women preachers http://ping.fm/evkFC

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In 36 hours we'll be starting a historic event. 5+ yrs since queer Muslims have gathered in the US. lgbtmuslimretreat

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nothing yummier than a Friendlys milkshake before a stressful weekend. lgbtmuslimretreat cuteboysngirlsgalore
19 young people under 25 y.o. and will be coming to the LGBT Muslim Retreat! Check out the program! lgbtmuslimretreat http://ping.fm/n4C8T
Volcanoes and Rain... Oh My! Will the London contingent arrive in time? Will flights be delayed because of the rain? We wait in anticipation.... T-Minus 2 days to lgbtmuslimretreat
Is it Tuesday yet? lgbtmuslimretreat panicalert nosleeptilltuesday

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ok here's my question. How does a Jewish state ensure the full equality of it's Palestinian citizens? Pakistan has already tried this and look at it's chaos.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bradley Cooper on SNL. Yummy!!
Went to a gay Republican bday party and survived! Welcome to DC. Full of closeted and not so closeted gay Republicans :-)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's 6 pm. Have you been raptured yet?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

You know you travel too much when the flight attendant recognizes you. :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Step away from the sale rack sir. Step away...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sad that V got canceled :-(

Friday, May 13, 2011

Uganda parliament session closes w/o vote on anti-gay bill; IGLHRC cautions bill could be back 5/18/11 when parliament reconvenes.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

"why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?" - bumper sticker

Friday, May 06, 2011

Can't tell if the S Asian family is shocked at seeing another S Asian person or Kylies s/m meets disney beauty and the beast.
Kylie concert is a Calvin Klein commercial meets Xanadu meets Goldfinger. For real!!
5,000 gay men + Kylie + alcohol = major trouble!
mily here! ;-)
Kylie and the Lady Gaga concert are prob the not times everyone from Grindr in Atlanta are in one space together!! And then there's the random S Asian fa
There are MAYBE 20 women at the Kylie concert and 10 of those work at the theatre. Lol.
New rule: Those things with the 5 toes on your feet are NOT "shoes." They are F-R-E-A-K-Y!
Which way to the Kylie concert? Guess I'll just follow all the gays (on MARTA).

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

What's up with gay men and malls? :-)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Can someone explain to me how the death of a terrorist brings "justice" into our world or in the lives of families who lost someone on 9/11?
P.S. Anyone who's been to Pakistan can tell you that in a dysfunctional country of 300+ million people it's VERY easy to hide in "plain sight."
Saddam Hussein in "spider hole." Osama in Pakistani "mansion." Amreekan language. :-)
White House briefing on right now about Bin Laden raid and kill.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

TSA alert has been raised to Hot Pink and Magenta Purple!
So is the war on terror over? No more drone attacks in Pakistan? US out of Afghanistan? No??! That's what I thought.
The mother fu++er was hiding in a mansion outside Islamabad. Ugh!
CNN says Bin Laden was killed by US in mansion outside Islamabad.
Wow what a weekend. Royal wedding. Pope beautification. Bin Laden dead. Phew!
Fox reporting that Bin Laden is dead.
CNN reporting that statement by President is NOT about Libya.
President Obama about to make statement on "national security" matter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

90+ students watching videos at my presentation at Ole Miss. :-)
Exciting adventure in MS. Two tornadoes went near campus today. Evacuation of hotel. Now it's sunny! :-)

Monday, April 25, 2011

After 4 days of desi wedding food and seeing all the skinny No CA folks - I HAVE to start exercising. :-)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Bunny & Jesus' Resurrection Day. :-)
Better air out the room
They're coming upstairs!!
I love Silicon Valley and so many Chinese Halaal restaurants, Alhamdulillah.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 3 of 5 of never ending Pakistani wedding. Brother escaped w friend leaving me to deal w and take dysfunctional family to Santa Cruz. Hehe

Friday, April 22, 2011

Never though I'd be touring SF with mom brother and mom's (now) not-so-new hubby. No Castro for me. Hehe
Awww young love. Just saw a gay Asian and Latin boys holding hands taking photos nr Golden Gate Bridge. Puke!! Barf :-)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Atlanta airport. Hello again. Didn't I just see you (11 hrs ago). Sheesh!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Never thought I'd say this but after 5 speaking events in April I'm gaaayyyed out!! Actually looking fwd to a cousins str8 wedding this weekend! :-)
Don't be such a drag yaar. Just be like a Rani.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Donald Trump. You're fired!! Good bye!
V exciting conv with Williams College staff and admin about hiring an LGBT supportive chaplain. History folks!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wishing my Jewish and Christian friends a blessed Passover and Palm Sunday.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Jesus is my virtue but Judas is the demon I cling to.
Jesus is my virtue but Judas is the demon I cling to.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

e we going? Maine?" hehe :-)
I love older folks. Woman sitting next to me asks: "Where are we going? Maine?" I respond by saying yes (planes going to Boston). 2 mins later: "Where ar
Sad day in GA as state senate passes AZ copy-cat anti-immigrant legislation.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Upcoming speaking engagements: Connecticut College on April 13; Williams College on April 19 and University of Mississippi on April 27. If I'm in your area or nearby let me know! :)

Friday, April 08, 2011

You know you travel too much when you go to an airport, then realize its the wrong airport, but then it turns out to be the right one. :-)
Republican Party + Attacks on Women's healthcare = American Taliban Extremist Fundamentalists. Period!!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

So I "accidentally" drove thru too many Westchester country clubs today. Let's just say I stuck out. :-)
Lost somewhere in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery searching for Washington Irving and Andrew Carnegie graves. Eeks!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The President has departed... We now return to the regularly scheduled programming at Terminal F USAirways Express.
All flights grounded at PHL. Must be nice to be President :-)
Air Force One just landed at Philadelphia airport. It's about 1k yards away. Wow!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Coincidence that the day Obama announces re-election campaign, the White House also announces Guantanamo military trials?? Hmmm...
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" - Today is the 43rd anniversary of MLK's assassination. What's your fav. MLK quote?

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Ordering Indian food in NC: "I'll get ya'll some papa dums in just a seconddd" HILARIOUS!! :-)
Gotta love the south! Volunteer run book store sells anarchist vegetarian magazines and graffiti pens / paint etc :-)

Saturday, April 02, 2011

the gay issues are gone?? :-)
I think I left the queer Southern boys and girls speechless when I said we need to get rid of marriage and the military. Wait, what do we so now that all
You know you're at a granola campus when guys are refilling their tea in jars and wearing burkonstos :-)

Friday, April 01, 2011

Just found out about the passing of Manning Marable. RIP. A scholar and activist in all senses of the words.
Pls don't sit next to me... Pls don't sit next to me... Southwest seating process. :-)
So the whole seating process on Southwest brings back bad memories of junior high school buses. Hehe
Delayed flight + Body Shop Sale + Faisal = Trouble and smelling really good. :-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

70+ students at my presentation at Shippensburg Univ. Middle of PA. 98% are white :-)
What happens when an Amish woman, a gay Pakistani and a young Af Am woman are on a plane? :-) lots and lots of stares. Hehe
New rule: Steak and onion sandwich should be outlawed on small regional planes. Eeeks!!
Oh Atlanta airport. We meet again...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Muslims in America: CNN special report coming on right now.
Sheila vs. Munni 3 am and going... Love NYC!!
ay party/club. :-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You know you're in the South when there is a little shack on the side of the road selling "Gourmet Wings" :-)
How and why is it 80 degrees in Atlanta??

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sooooo just heard a butch gay man... But it was a woman. Usually it's the other way around. Too funny!
hing else! FML!
Apparently I'm a pack rat / hoarder even when I travel. Left 1.5 weeks ago with 2 carry one plus laptop bag. Coming home with one large suitcase + everyt

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let there be no doubt. The West will NOT intervene in Libya or Bahrain - no oil in Libya and need military presence in Bahrain!
CT has changed soooo much since I lived here. Amazing and powerful to see such a strong LGBT community!
70+ students packed in Rainbow Center at UCONN for my presentation "Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims" :-)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kiss me. I'm.... Errr... Pakistani. :-) Happy Imam Patricks Day.
Hilarious to see the New England white kids' reaction to guys on stage doing "ballroom" scene dances. They're like WTF?! :-)
So apparently the new way for young queer bois and gyrls to meet each other is to make signs that say "Free Hugs, Free Kisses" and their cell # :-)
75+ young people crammed in a small classroom at UCONN for my presentation "Hidden Voices" :-)
Glee + Vogue + 500 young queers = nervous Faisal

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Why do we have to label everyone? Why can't we just love for love?"
"Thank you for loving me for being straight. I know I'm a weirdo for liking boys, but thank you!" - young straight HS woman
I love people not genders, asexual, heteromantic, all loving, pansexual, none of the above.
Fantasy, experiences - past and present - queer, bi, sexually one dimension, hetero flexible...
Robin Ochs on stage with 25 youth displaying sexual orientation beyond binaries. 1-6.
Queer Youth + Huge Auditorium Playing Glee + "I am Beautiful" = FABULOUS!
Completely overwhelmed at queer youth conference in CT. I could have never imagined this 15 years ago when I lived here. I feel like a baby amongst these
I love love love Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee!! Fierce comments today at King's hearing.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sometimes my gaydar gets jammed by guys in business-like attire. Then I just look at their shoes and they're unpolished. Yup he's straight! :-)
Rep King calls the outrage against hearings as hysteria and madness. Ummm. Rep King - I think it's called democracy!!
White guy to Af Am TSA woman: I know you're looking at my mango. TSA agents face: and I thought I heard it all - as real mango rolls through X-ray machine.
In other news Muslims no longer welcome in America. Well were they ever? :-)
Listening to radical Muslim hearings today I am no longer ashamed of Pakistani members of parliament. Some of these congressmen are INSANE!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

At Bus Boys and Poets at U St. Come say hi. :-)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

In DC for a hot minute. At the Kennedy Center with all the South Asians within a 20 mile radius... Literally!!
Good morning TSA agent (me in uber gay/regular voice). TSA person... Hmmm. Gay? Yup! Terrorist? Nah. Have a nice day sir.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

ny way! Thank u.
Urgent msg to folks in NYC: a young queer Muslim woman is being kicked out of her home. We need to find her a place ASAP. Pls msg me if you can help in a

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Only Christian cabinet member shot dead in Islamabad today. Is anyone watching the Middle East revolution there??

Monday, February 28, 2011

Powerful NPR story about Afghan shelters for women. http://ping.fm/brG2D
Afghan women fear losing safe house http://ping.fm/cP3Gc
Afghan Proposal Would Clamp Down on Women’s Shelters http://ping.fm/medZn

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

at look like I dream of Jeanie. :-)
Am I the only one strangely fascinated by Qadhafi's fetish for Ukranian nurses? Wonder if they look like Eastern European Gulf Air hostesses? The ones th

Monday, February 21, 2011

America has put all it's chips on Middle Eastern tyranny for 35 yrs and now they're coming home to roost. - CIA Analyst

Friday, February 18, 2011

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." — Audre Lorde
becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." — Audre Lorde
"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house" — Audre Lorde
Remembering the great poet, lesbian, feminist, cancer survivor, mother, activist Audre Lorde on what would have been her 76th birthday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Remembering the revolutionary life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) today on Milad-un-Nabi (his birthday).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Grocery shopping alone on valentines day = loser? Or bucking the commercialized Hallmark holiday trend? Hmmm. :-)
Happy sorry you're not in a heteronormative relationship day. Bitter? Who me? Nah! :-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

This is our lifetime's Berlin wall moment.
More than 50% of Egyptians are under the age of 30. Imagine in your lifetime only knowing one president.
Joe Biden speaking now on historic day in Egypt.
Everywhere you looked you saw crescent / moon together with a cross. Muslims and Christians stood together... This is not like Iran.
Individual people matter today. Not terrorists, not clerics, not oil tycoons. This turns the region upside down. - MSNBC
Obama to hold press conference on historic Egyptian revolution at 1:30 pm EST.
Chris Matthews: They did this without guns and without violence. 2nd amendment Americans have a lot to learn from them (Egyptians).
2/11/11: Today we are all Egyptians!!
Breaking News: Hosni Mubarak steps down after 28 yrs in power with support from 5 US Presidents.
And in other news... Boutros Boutros Ghali seeks return to Egypt.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"My cousin went over there to China to do an ethnography and you know they don't have many black people in China - so she was a hot mess." - my sociology
professor :-)
"You need to date the person for at least a year and a half because the joker may change up on you in a few months." - sociology professor
Breaking News: Mubarak may step down tonight. VP to govern interim govt.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

How did I got from shopping for 3 grocery items to $75+. Aaah!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

13 queer and allied Muslim activists from across US came together this weekend to strategize about the future our movement. Watch out world!
Hundreds of LGBT advocates pause to grieve the death of David Kato

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Completely confused. The pilot kept announcing something about a really big bowl that was packed with steel? Huh?! :-)
Going from 2,500 queer and welcome people to 6 billion people is overwhelming. Many conflicting emotions of (re)entering reality.
You know you're an activist when the flip charts from your strategy meeting are in your carry on and not in your checked luggage.
You know you're an activist win you're at the airport and the X-ray machine goes off because you're still wearing your name tag. :-)
Bikers + Christian youth + Queer conferences all at same time at airport = interesting TSA experience. Hehe
Sara from MPV and I cornered Rep. Keith Ellison to discuss LGBT Muslim concerns. 10 min conv. More later!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

25+ folks including almost 20 queer Muslims at Queer Muslim Caucus at Creating Change!!
50+ people at workshop on building solidarity between communities to fight Islamophobia and Homophobia!! History being made folks!
Anderson Cooper reporting from "secret" location! Ridiculous!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Lt Dan Choi is with us at workshop on queer Muslim workshop. Sara an ally is moderating. Ty, Beena and Salaam Es speaking. All women and trans folks. Amazing!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

We stand with Egypt and their struggle for liberation - Kate Clinton at plenary session. Woo hoo!
Lady HaHa Kate Clinton just went on stage!!
Met Lt. Dan Choi; how cool is it that he's coming to Friday prayer. Thank you for your service Dan!
First day of Creating Change and already met 3 queer Muslims. More here. Need to recruit!!
There is nothing more powerful than being in the presence of 2,500 queer and fabulous activists!! We are not alone!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Absolutely amazing images from Egypt. The revolution IS being televised!! US MUST stop supporting dictators NOW!
Flight: $300; Hotel: $500; Registration: $150; 2,500 queer people at Creating Change conf: Hallelujia!
May have made a TSA record. Brown Muslim man getting thru security in less than 5 mins. ;-)
Flight delayed. Plane coming here was hit by lightening. Yikes!
My computer decides to act up at the worst time. Somehow the Cntrl button is locked or something. Can't enter any keys. HELP!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"I may be college educated but I can be ghetto too. - sociology prof

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Drove by Westboro Church (creepy place) and now speaking to 30+ folks at Washburn Univ in Topeka, KS.
Waving hello to Phelps and clan. Pix to come.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

3rd day of Microecon & I'm completely lost. Why don't they have Gay 201. I'd get an A+!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"You know I'm black so I got some conspiracy theories. And usually I'm right." - sociology prof
"I like to eat during class. But grocery prices went up. So I'm hoping one of you has a voucher. So bring some food to class and share some with me" - my
sociology professor.
OMG my sociology professor is CRAZY!!
i Sci :-)
So my Economics professor is from Nigeria. All the Vietnamese students are Accounting majors and African Americans are Business majors. I'm the only Pol
How come all the Economics professors are from Ghana? The Vietnamese folks in my class should have fun trying to decipher my professors accent. :-)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nate Berkus is my new bf!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you for your sacrifices that have helped us to live in a better world.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I mean OMG its Diana!
OMG It's Anna!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Any thought of moving back up north have officially gone out the door. Brown people were NOT meant to live in the cold!!
1 inch of snow in less than 1 hr. Abandoned car. Taking train. 20 degrees and I'm wearing light jacket and t shirt. Oh boy!!
New rule: just cause you live in hotlanta dont mean that you can survive without gloves, scarf and hat. Just speakin the truth!!
Woo it's snowing crazy down South!! Atlanta snowlopylous :-)

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Crazy! Dali here I c
Standing in line with 300+ people in 20 degree weather t
Sorry A&F. The loud thumping house music will not seduce me to come into your store. Now the hot jock at the door. Well, that's another story.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Is it just me or is the world coming to an end? 5,000 birds falling from the sky in AR. 500 in LA. Crazy floods in Australia. What the fatwa ??
New Year but Pakistan is already in despair! Punjab Minister killed today + bomb targeting children of soldiers kills 15. Ugh!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Wow this year has flown by. :-p

Sunday, January 02, 2011

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New Year but old habits die hard as they say. I still haven't learned to NOT go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Oy!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

1 hr and 32 mins into the new year and I'm in bed. Here's to a great start to the new decade. Hehe
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