Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Khalida Saed

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Khalida Saed

Article excerpt

For Iranian-American Muslim lesbian Khalida Saed, navigating seemingly conflicting identities is a way of life. A 20-something who serves on the board of the LGBT Muslim group Al-Fatiha, Saed (a pseudonym) contributed an essay to Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur's Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak to make her voice heard as a lesbian in a homophobic religion and as a Muslim in a blindingly white queer community.

What made you decide to get involved with the book?

It will probably also be one of the first times that [mainstream Muslim] readers have heard voices like the ones showcased here. While it is scary to be the only lesbian voice in the book, I am also convinced that it is necessary and long overdue.

You're out to your mother, Are you out to the rest of your family?

I'm not out to my family. I don't want to lose any ties. It's a personal safety matter, There's a real feeling of family honor that needs to be protected--not just in my family, but culturally-and it just absolutely puts me in danger. …

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