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Episode 12: Conversation on Being Queer, a Refugee, and an Activist

Meet Kilian Colin, a beautiful human who never shies away from standing up for the right thing.  Kilian was born and raised in Iraq until their family had to flee to Syria.  Once in Syria, Kilian and their family waited for years before being able to resettle in a third country (the U.S.).  In this episode, Kilian describes their experience dealing with the various agencies, interviews, and the paperwork involved in the refugee resettlement process.  Kilian also describes being out as queer in Syria, as well as being an activist in Syria and in the United States.  We loved talking with Kilian and are very excited to share this episode with everyone.  Important additional note: as promised, we are posting pictures of their friendly, sweet, fluffy cat!  To get in touch with Kilian, you can contact their Facebook, or send us a message and we’ll make sure to relay the message to Kilian.

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Episode 11: A Religious Leader We All Need to Hear From

We were honored to have Rabi’a Keeble on for this episode.  Rabi’a is the founder of Qal’bu Maryam, a women-run, inclusive mosque in the Bay Area.  Rabi’a is a devout Muslim who believes in justice, inclusion, and equality.  Rabi’a is prepared at any moment to back up her practice of Islam – and the existence of this mosque – with the Quran, and she reminds everyone what Islam is truly about.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have spoken with Rabi’a; speaking to an individual like Rabi’a will no doubt give many of our listeners hope, as was the case for us.  This is a voice you do not want to miss – thank you, everyone, for listening!

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Queer Arab Art!

Ellie here: not podcast related but this cool as heck instagram account has some really great queer arab art by a queer arab celebrating queer arabs. Not ours stuff, just promoting it.

Also queer arabs. – and not safe for work or mom’s house.

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