Who am I?
I proudly identify as a South Asian queer feminist Muslim with a passion for visibility and activism within the intersections of gender, sexuality, culture and religion. Quite a mouthful huh?
My BA (Hons) undergraduate degree in International Relations and Politics (University of Lincoln) has been instrumental in my personal and professional development. Throughout my studies I have had a keen interest in exploring issues of sexual rights, both within the LGBT* community and without, and the functioning of sexual cultures from a variety of sociological, legal, political and jurisprudential perspectives.
I have pursued my academic interest in protecting LGBT* rights with effective and sensitive advocacy to and within student bodies, and as an elected representative tasked with responsibility for overseeing and developing the minority groups within university and national student government structures (University of Lincoln Students’ Union Liberation Officer and the National Union of Students Black Students’ Campaign LGBT Women’s Representative, respectively).
I am currently studying for an LLM in Human Rights and Justice (Nottingham Trent University) with aspirations of undertaking a PhD around social justice and identity politics.
A major theme of my activism and representation has been around the notion of intersectionality; examining how discrimination on the basis of individual identities interacts with other axes of discrimination and exploring how these understandings are impacted by such factors as race, religion, sexuality, culture and gender, to name a few. My academic and voluntary knowledge and experience (locally, nationally and internationally) continues to be a valuable resource in developing my activism as a whole, while also ensuring personal growth and development.
Most recently, I am a co-founder and co-organiser of a new group (QTIPOC Notts) in Nottingham for queer, trans, intersex and questioning people of colour. After identifying a real need for a sexuality, gender and identity-based group for people of colour in Nottingham, a group of friends and activists created the group together. The aim for the group is to be a hub for QTIPOC by way of support, socialising and networking, activism, advisory (with mainstream LGBTQ services and other organisations) and most importantly, visibility – so other people who are looking for some community and/or may feel marginalised and excluded know that we exist!
What’s this blog about?
This blog is quite literally a stream into my subconscious. As you may gather from browsing my blog I am really open about who I am and my thoughts. Initially and well, still even now, I find blogging to be really cathartic and a way to understand and process my own thoughts and deal with whatever I may be going through or even just to share positive experiences/thoughts. I’ve found since starting this blog that not only does it help me it also touches other people and that is another wonderful unintended positive outcome