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Asifa Lahore

UK’s first out Muslim drag queen and activist

As the UK’s first out gay Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore is uniquely positioned to offer a sorely needed perspective on the shocking events that took place in Orlando.

Having challenged the norms with controversial performances and appearances on documentaries, including Channel 4’s Muslim Drag Queens, Asifa argues that it’s time for the ‘everyday Muslim’ to speak out against discrimination, and for the LGBT+ community to reject Islamophobia.

What was your initial reaction to the Orlando shooting? I was absolutely horrified and completely devastated. I think in the Western world, the notion is that homophobia is a thing of the past, and there’s so much equality being acquired in law, that this shouldn’t happen. But when it did happen, I was just absolutely horrified, because it brought home the fact that actually, so much more work needs to be done, and homophobia is still very much rampant wherever you are.

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This month, GT reflects on the tragic events that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on 12th June. We pay tribute to those we lost that night and we have reactions from leading figures in the political and LGBTQ* worlds including: David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, Peter Tatchell, Asifa Lahore, Michael Cashman and Mas Naina. Also in this issue: All Saints. Courtney Act. Orange Is The New Black's Kate Mulgrew and Selenis Leyva. Hawaii fashion shoot. Simon Callow. Bright Light Bright Light. Right Said Fred. Matt Hunt. Alexi Kaye Campbell. Travel: Taiwan and our guide to the best road trips. Don't forget all the regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Benjamin Cohen. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus much more...
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