Coming out to a Muslim family by Houssem E. Ben Messaoud, Morocco/Canada

‘’I knew something was going on, but I didn’t expect this. I just knew you were not like the other boys. You are my son, I love and you will always be my son but go see a doctor ’’- My mom said on the 13th of December 2014. It all started at the age … Continue reading Coming out to a Muslim family by Houssem E. Ben Messaoud, Morocco/Canada

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My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada

Last Sunday I was in Montreal. One of the main goals of my trip was to attend the Pride Parade for the first time ever! Downtown was packed!  Hundreds of people came from all the nations and backgrounds, heterosexual couples from all ages and religions.  There was an elderly  East Asian couple standing behind me … Continue reading My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada

Being Gay in Iraq – Behind The Bars of Borders | Enana Hermez, Syria

I just completed a blogging internship with UNICEF’s Voices Of Youth. One of the assignments was to conduct an interview with an inspiring young person in my community. For my Inspire! post I chose to interview Logal Bet Kako, who is an Assyrian-Syrian gay activist advocating for the rights of the LGBT+ Community. Logal has … Continue reading Being Gay in Iraq – Behind The Bars of Borders | Enana Hermez, Syria

Smashing Stereotypes, Hoping for an Asexual World | Robyn, Israel

In a world where gender has only been a public question for less than a century and a personal choice for a few decades - and either of these in only limited parts of the planet - what do we really know about it? Self-determined gender has emerged as an opportunity at a time when … Continue reading Smashing Stereotypes, Hoping for an Asexual World | Robyn, Israel