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