Caring, passionate about social issues and loving. Really sensitive, straight up and very masculine, very feminine and very gender fluid.
What issues are most important to you?
For me, LGBTQI+ rights related to POC including Asians, Muslims and refugees are highly important. We have a growing number of immigrants with a culturally diverse population. It is fascinating to see how culture develops our sexual and personal identity. For me, it is important to cater to LGBTQI+ people belonging to collectivistic culture.
Are you associated with any change organisations?
I am associated with EquAsian, a social support group for Asian LGBTQI+. I have worked with Red Cross refugee support network and helped a family settle into New Zealand. My full-time work involves working with young adults with Autism.
In 2017, what change would you most like to see?
Acceptance! Whether it is related to the LGBTQI+ community or related to religion, race or colour.
Name your favourite queer anthem or protest song.
There is a great Sufi poem by Shaad Azeemabadi (1846-1927) that goes like this.
Even if you search from nation to nation,
You won’t find me, for I’m a rare jewel.
With a willingness to handle grief and sorrow,
O friends! I am an embodiment of that dream.
I, driven by wonder and desire
Stand quietly at the bank of a river.
The river of love beckons,
“Don’t be afraid, I am shallow and fordable”
Millions of travelers walk,
Only a handful reach their destinations,
O my contemporaries! Appreciate me for I am,
rare, if not elusive.
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