Fahisha: Queer Muslim Youth

This is an amazing short documentary on queer Muslim youth in New York. I am so glad that the filmmaker, Nabila, is doing this work. \

I love it because it is painfully honest. It breaks down the (false) dichotomy of approaches to queer liberation for Muslims which usually one of two things: 1) you demonize Muslims, call them backwards, and glorify “Western society” a la Irshad Manji or 2) you react to this white liberal feminist crap that tries to argue that Muslim women and queers will be saved only by US imperialism or Zionism, and resort to defending patriarchy and homophobia in the community, in order not to “air dirty laundry” publicly. This video slices through both of those perspectives. The father interviewed is not a black and white patriarch, although he has contradictory ideas. Some of the kids have turned their backs on the Muslim community, and dont want to bother with that mess anymore, which is a legitimate response to their experiences, even though they know that the rest of society doesnt open their arms to queers.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27154101]

You can find more info on it here.

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Random News Roundup

In a town that is near and dear to my heart, a city council member, Loren Nichols, says that undocumented immigrants should be “shot at the border.”

In happier news, in the same state, a Native tribe legalized same-sex marriage. 

And in the city I rep now, 100,000 people showed up to a convention center where free school supplies, haircut vouchers, immunizations, and fresh produce were being handed out. This kind of thing has been happening in cities all over the country since 2008. Living in Houston, I have the sense that there is more economic expansion here, and hence more jobs, than anywhere else in the country, but that doesnt mean that the situation isnt dire. My comrades and I are looking for an area of organizing, and I have a strong sense that we will focus on an area of the budget cuts and austerity measures that disproportionately affect women and queers of color. Also, I really need to start studying more political economy and about the economic crisis. Are these the bread lines of our times?