Fat, Brown, Muslim LBT Women Say No

This post was written by guest contributor Fakhra Hassan (@DragittotheTop).“Fatness and obesity in Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LBT) women are a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - self-inflicted abuse on the body in order to shun any unwanted sexual attention or emotional interest from people,” said Dr Pinar Ilkkaracan of Turkey, at the 5th CSBR Sexuality Institute at Alexandria, Egypt, which I attended in September of last year.I am no exception to the LBT women Pinar was … [Read more...]

Not There Yet: Inclusion, Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Muslims

Discussions on LGBTQ inclusion in Muslim communities are one of those things that make my blood boil because in my community, as in some others, Muslims who support same-sex unions and condemn homophobia tend to be disregarded. For many Muslims, the recognition of Muslims who may identify as queer or trans poses a challenge to many of our communities, either for our theological, cultural or political reasons.For me, speaking about LGBTQ Muslims has brought along a lot of contention among … [Read more...]

Do Muslim Feminists Have Too Much to Worry About Already to Think About Homophobia?

This was originally published at Cycads.Once a week, I meet with people studying gender in the Middle East and we talk about the assigned articles we've read during the week. Last week, it was about sexuality and homophobia. Emerging from our discussion on LGBT rights in the Middle East (particularly in Lebanon and Palestine) is the question why many Muslim feminists have failed to include sexuality rights on their agenda. Not one, but two people answered by saying that Muslim feminists have … [Read more...]

Nafsu buas: the politics of imagined lust in Malaysia

This post was written by Cycads and originally appeared on her blog.‘Animalistic lust’ (nafsu buas) is a common spice in Malay tales of adulterous wives, transgender paramours, and homosexual men and women. ‘Animalistic’ or ‘buas' here is a blanket term for all that is unbridled and transgressive. Though derived from the Arabic word to mean ’soul’, ‘nafsu‘ is often accompanied with pejorative connotations, and it is used a lot by the Malay media to demonise sexual minorities in Malaysia. Ofte … [Read more...]


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