INTERVIEWS & PRESS
The Taliban 'will kill us one by one': LGBTQ Afghans weigh options after country's government fell
ABC The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
'No bright future': Afghan women share their concerns for a future under Taliban rule
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Afghan Activist Speaks Out Amid Taliban Takeover
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Your Call with Rose Aguilar - KALW Public Media, Bay Area
The Plight of Afghan Refugees: Who is Leaving, Where Are They Going & How We Can Support Them?
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'Bacha bazi' outrage after pandemic takes play to the small screen
The musical is not only an orientalist depiction of Afghans as a whole, but it is also painfully damaging to the queer and trans Afghans...queer and trans Afghans are tired of the white gaze into their lives and experiences. They rather tell their own stories, in their own voices and with their own imaginations for a queer future."
Suicide of Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazi exposes the
‘freedom and violence’ of LGBTQ Muslims in exile
A queer suicide during Pride, a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ lives and resistance, is a painful thing to process, made harder by the coronavirus lockdown. For queer and trans Muslims in isolation, separated from their chosen communities in what may or may not be accepting family homes, mourning Hegazi’s death has been a lonely, even secretive, process."
MPR News with Kerri Miller
Friday round table: Muslim Americans react to 'The Big Sick'
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I felt really sick watching it," said Qais Munhazim, director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Minnesota. Munhazim took issue with a scene in the movie where Nanjiani's character burns a pile of photographs of eligible Pakistani women his mother has tried to set up with and presents the ashes to Emily. "That is such a painful scene to watch knowing that there's a lot of domestic violence that goes around the world... and [women] have been burned, they have burned themselves to free themselves from a lot of domestic violence."
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Qais Munhazim, an Afghan refugee and doctoral student at the U, read aloud a message to his mother, whom he has not seen in five years. “Mom, I’m scared to sleep ... I’m scared of losing you,” said Munhazim, who missed his father’s funeral for fear of not being able to re-enter America with his student visa."
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The moment I introduced myself to someone who is also part of the (LGBT) community, she asked me what my nationality is and I said I am Afghan," said Munhazim, a doctoral political science student at the university, on Tuesday.
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Since arriving in Minneapolis, Munhazim said, he has faced similar questions on almost a daily basis. “There is a huge disconnect between the U.S. and Afghanistan,” said Munhazim, an international student who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2012 and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in international security and political Islam. “All [that Americans] see is Afghans in the news, which portrays us in a very dark light: suicide bombers, savages, warlords, poor and uneducated.”