Saturday, May 31, 2014

Beauty and Resilience

Missing the beauty and resilience of last weekend's #LGBTMuslims retreat. 90 queer Muslims, partners and children. 18 states, 3 countries, 19 faiths and spiritual traditions and more than 12 ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Gathered together to celebrate "Strength in Diversity." Retreat album will be posted soon. 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Who is Conchita Wurst? Bearded Drag Queen Wins Eurovision! | Conchita Wurst : Just Jared

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Quiz: What Career Should You Actually Have? | Stuff Happens

Judge! Interesting. Because my name is derived from the Urdu work Faisala or decision. And one who is Faisal is one who decides, judges or arbitrates.

You have a good sense of truth, you are very calculated, you don't like to make rash decisions, and you always make sure to see both sides of every situation. You were meant to bring this world some justice. 

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Privilege of Being Out and Surviving

I'm thinking about the privilege of being "out." So many of my friends who are studying in the US do not have the luxury of being open about who they are. They have to return to their home countries where their families and communities do not accept them. The fear is palatable and real.

In a time where anything can be instantly shares to anyone, navigating where and to whom one can be out is exhausting.

Even for those of us who have been out for 15+ years, the pressures, shame, guilt, trauma, rejection and  shunning takes a toll on our souls and bodies.

Our journeys are filled with layers of complex personal and familial histories and mutiple identities that we juggle on a daily basis. We cannot simply "be out" and "ok" with who we are. The realities we face as immigrants, people of color, 1.5 and 2nd generation communities that straddle between multiple cultures and "homes."

I don't know how we survive. I just know that my familiy of choice, my sisters and brothers of choice, my elders who have paved an easier path, and my comrades and fellow justice-seeking activists and friends help to guide each day, 24 hours at a time. 

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Cute doggies

I dont like the snake reference but hes super cute. 

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