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Episode 143: CharCUTErie

For this episode, we’re inviting you to hang out with us at brunch, featuring charcuterie by Adam Elsayigh. Adam walks us through his journey as a charcuterie artist and his near-religious obsession with Trader Joe’s. Cristian joins us to talk about the queer scene in Puerto Rico and the struggles common in too-tight-knit queer communities in anywhere. We also analyze our personal tendencies with giving, receiving, and seeking out compliments and criticism on our work. This one’s a bit of a mixed plate, but it just might suit your taste.









Here is a tour of Adam’s charcuterie journey:

September 2019:

January 2020:

August 2020:

December 2020:

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Episode 117 [in English]: R.I.P. Sarah Hegazi

CW: Suicide, self harm, queer killing, queer death, honor killing, sexual abuse, rape, firearms.

On the June 14, 2020, LGBTQ and human rights advocate Sarah Hegazi took her own life. Sarah first came under the public eye following the notorious September 2017 Mashrou’ Leila concert where Sarah, alongside two friends, waved a rainbow flag. Despite the shadow of a state that actively quelled all sexual freedom, for that moment Sarah was unabashed in her identity as a queer woman.

In the months following, the Egyptian state executed a mass witch-hunt of hundreds of queer youth with the aid of the media propaganda machine. Sarah was arrested, tortured and sexually assaulted until she fled Egypt for Canada three months later. In this episode, Adam, Alia and Nadia commemorate and remember the life of Sarah Hegazi, a human who paid the price of living fully. The world lost Sarah after long battles with depression, PTSD, and state-sanctioned violence under the hands of the Orwellian contemporary Egyptian state.

In this episode, we celebrate Sarah’s life, address the queer killings, death and grief that plagues so many of our societies, and discuss how her death has reverberated within the wider Egyptian zeitgeist, within Egyptian queer communities, and within the diaspora. This is for you, Sarah. Rest In Peace. Rest In Power. Rest in Pride.

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