“Voor mij persoonlijk is het zo dat ik door de jaren heen veel bewuster ben geworden van de geschiedenis waaruit Pride is ontstaan. De vele worstelingen, verkrachtingen, mishandelingen, moorden en zelfmoorden die gepaard zijn gegaan met het behalen van die successen. Daarom probeer ik zoveel mogelijk inhoudelijk bezig te zijn tijdens de week van Pride: ik doe mee aan panels en organiseer zelf ook een workshop voor biculturele lesbische, bi- en transvrouwen.”
The acceptance of queer people is often overrated. Not only they face violence because of their identities and expression, but they also are forced to fit in the binary heteronormative standards. And when the person is queer and Muslim, they also have to deal with racism, xenophobia and islamophobia. How can policymakers and organizations improve this locally.
Our board member Gazi was yesterday a part of the panel of Pride Amersfoort. And this morning he was a guest at the provincial radio of RTV Utrecht.
Maruf was present at Roze Kwaku Festival. The Kwaku Festival is a traditional multicultural gathering focused on bringing people and cultures together for a vibrant combination of food, drink, dance and sport. Its origins lie in celebrating the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles on 1 July 1863, and its name is derived from a statue erected to commemorate the momentous event.
Maruf is represented at Madrid Pride together with KifKif members from Spain. We proudly presented our stickers "Allah loves us all. Yes, all of us!"
Sa’diyya Shaikh and Lana Sirri at our Maruf Messages about Feministan: Gender & Sexuality within Islam and Sufism.
Our chairperson Dounia Jari gave a workshop about the intersectionality of queer Muslims to a group of volunteers and social workers. What do queer Muslims experience and how to recognize the often unseen struggles.
Our board member Gazi during the Midzomergracht panel about how to create more efficient tools and strategies to an inclusive future.