Rihanna has been the topic of discussion this week, and contrary to what you might think, it's got nothing to do with a release of a new song, or a hot music video ... The popular Barbadian songstress was spotted with Saudi national Hassan Jameel in Spain this week.
Photos of the couple getting up close and personal in a pool have since gone viral.
Being a queer Arab in London can be a lonely experience.
So to visit the language of my childhood as an out and proud gay adult was reparative.
For a moment, I felt genuinely at peace in my intersectional identity.
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Obviously Islam has been particularly demonised, explaining why almost 40 per cent of married gay men in France voted for Islamophobe incarnate Marine Le Pen.
And my perusing of the Conservative LGBT group only seemed to confirm that the right privileges white queer bodies foremost – only out of its 32 patrons and national executives is a person of colour. Unsurprisingly, they support policies that intersect with very little outside white privileges.
They’ve in the past offered comfort and respite from urban monotony.
On last weekend’s foray, I heard a group of men speaking my mother tongue of Iraqi Arabic.
Recently, there has been a cultural drive to champion diverse voices that exist across different social groups.
And so as intersectional identities are made visible in the fight for progress and the diversifying of culture, we must also be sensitive that those of us who do exist in the “in-between” have often endured hell from all sides to get there.
After the news broke, it was only natural to see it make the rounds online.