Amina Ab­dul-Jalil

GA Voice - - Blackgaypride -

“In a world where so many peo­ple are cat­e­go­rized and la­beled, it is im­por­tant to iden­tify who you are early on, be­fore the masses can do it for you. I have al­ways iden­ti­fied my­self as a mixed race in­di­vid­ual, com­ing from a mixed home with an African-Amer­i­can fa­ther and an Ir­ish/Na­tive Amer­i­can mother.

I was told early in life by my fa­ther that I was ‘Not black, Not white, I could never be just one but I am the best of both and to never for­get that.’ Him telling me this early in age helped me to em­brace both of my cul­tures, with­out the fear of not be­ing black enough or white enough in the eyes of my peers.

Be­ing a proud gay multi-racial male has helped to shape me into the strong and open minded per­son I am to­day. I em­brace who I am by sim­ply em­brac­ing all of me and liv­ing in my truth.”

Dar­lene Hud­son

Clock­wise from top left: ser­vice has en­abled me to help both chil­dren and adults who are suf­fer­ing from many forms of abuse and marginal­iza­tion. This led me to com­plete a master’s in so­cial work, to work with chil­dren in need, and to a life of ac­tivism to pro­mote equal­ity for les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and transgender peo­ple. There was noth­ing po­etic about my life but my love of Christ has pro­vided it with a rhythm of love, sal­va­tion, and hope.”

Tim’m West

more good to do in the world.”

“Queer Mus­lim black femme would be me in four words. I love be­ing black. Pe­riod. I love the words ‘queer femme’ to­gether. I love it be­cause it is me in so many ways - from the way I dress to my me­an­der­ing con­ver­sa­tions, it is truly me.

I’ve found that be­ing a femme in a queer world where femmes are over­looked makes me equally odd. Sim­i­larly, I was and still am the od­dball in my fam­ily.

My sib­lings and I were raised Sunni Is­lam and for var­i­ous rea­sons, I’ve looked at other re­li­gions. I can hon­estly say no mat­ter how many times I en­ter­tain other faiths, my heart stays with it. I had no choice in rec­on­cil­ing these po­lar­ized ids be­cause they live within me. I used to worry that I was alone un­til I re­al­ized that all I had to do is be.

It’s much eas­ier said than done but it’s got­ten eas­ier with time.”

Da­monte Pet­ty­grue

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