Queer Muslim Narrative Analysis

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On June 13th, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in an anti-LGBTQIA+ shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Following the shooting, many queer and trans* people of color demanded media coverage to specify that that shooter targeted Latino, Indigenous, and Black people. However, while doing so, other queers and allies took to attacking Islam -- claiming that religious extremism motivated the attack. But, amidst demands of looking at the identity of both the shooter and victims, the perspectives of LGBTQIA+ Muslims were erased. Such noted, in this paper, I hope to investigate other instances how Queer Muslim narrative have been erased by American mass media. To build my argument, I will be relying on Raham’s theory of ‘queer intersectional identities’ and Hoodfar’s meditations on the theoretical construction of ‘the Muslim woman’ and ‘the veil’. Moreover, (methods - comparative historical analysis). This is to ultimately argue that assumptions of incompatibility between various Muslims cultures and LGBTQ+ identities are responsible with erasing Queer Muslim American narratives.
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This is to argue that rather than existing within a Eastern/Western binary, queer Muslims exist in an intersectional space between Eastern and Western politics and social culture that contributes to their oppression. Rahan theoretically presents this idea as ‘queer intersectional identities’ which calls for a focus on experiences of individuals at the most intersections because their experience challenges dominant queer narratives. Raham conducts a qualitative study utilizing their existing data of queer theory. This piece served as my introduction to queer muslim theory, an emerging field. It addresses the alleged ‘impossibility’ of queer muslims existing, what my paper focuses

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