“Allah Makes Muslims, Allah Makes Queers”: A Interview with Terna Tilley-Gyado of Coming Out Muslim

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Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love is a storytelling performance that highlights the experiences of LGBT Muslims. While I was aware of Coming Out Muslim, I did not realise that one of the people behind the project is a West African Muslimah. I was connected with Terna Tilley-Gyado through a mutual friend Mikael Owunna and I am honoured to have had this interview with her. Anike: Please introduce yourself. Terna Tilly-Gyado: My name is Terna. I am a healer, artist, educator, and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Black Muslim Lesbians Find Community in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I introduced to you activist, artist and documentary filmmaker Red Summer. She along with the women in her upcoming film Al Nisa: Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca have been creating intentional spaces of community for Black Lesbian Muslims, where they can share and connect without negotiating the multiple and complex parts of themselves. My conversation with Red continues as we explore what does it mean for Black Muslim Lesbians to live in the “Gay Mecca,” the … [Read more...]

Black Muslim Lesbians Find Community in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca: Part 1

Oppression works in strategic ways. When we think of who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed, as Muslim women in “the West” we often automatically think about the white liberal feminist who speaks on the behalf of "Third World" women, women of colour and Muslim women. However, what about the level of social hierarchy within Muslim communities themselves? Last year, Chelby Marie Daigle wrote a post with the title “Black History Month, a challenge to my fellow Muslims” where she … [Read more...]

Creating Spaces of Reconciliation: Queer Muslims Congregate

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Queer Muslim. These two words appear to be incongruent terms in many contexts; however, there has been a real commitment recently to creating a discourse that allows for queer Muslim voices to be respected and validated. It is tiring to be caught in conversations when the various parties cannot accept each other simply for their differences and instead resort to admonitions of an individual’s or a group’s connection to the Most High, based on their sexual identity. It can be emotionally and … [Read more...]

Trans and Muslim: Portraying the Lives of Warias in Indonesia

I recently came across a short movie on the life of transsexual Muslims in Indonesia. In the last few years, MMW has covered a few different stories in terms of LGBT activism in Indonesia: issues concerning transgender and transsexual communities, the challenges faced by lesbians and the attempts to bring LGTBQ issues to the public sphere. Yet there are things to watch, along with our reading! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJTzMHDaOlg The Warias: Indonesia’s Transsexual Muslims is a … [Read more...]

On the To-Watch List: Braids on a Bald Head

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Braids on a Bald Head is a short movie, released in 2010, by Nigerian director Ishaya Bako.  The film shows the day in the life of a poor, married hairdresser, Hauwa Bello, “who through a brief homosexual encounter is able to muster up courage and stand up to her inattentive husband and ask for better.” I came across the trailer for Braids on a Bald Head several months ago; it is under one minute but it was enough to pique my interest in the movie. http://youtu.be/sxXtql9eIzI I … [Read more...]


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