Ramadan is one of those times when non-Muslims have many questions, but aren't quite sure how to ask them. It’s time for a primer on this month and all that it entails.Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, is upon us once more. More than 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world—more than 23% of the world population—is celebrating this month in some way or another. In the United States, anywhere from 1 to 6 million Muslims (depending on the estimates), will be participating in Ramadan. This year has already begun with some terrible news involving Muslims: two girls were harassed for being Muslim (only one of them actually was) in Portland by a white supremacist, and their defenders were killed.
Sometimes it feels as if no matter how many times we write our stories, no matter how many statistics we show you, you don’t really care. (Content warning: discussion of sexual assault/rape) I’m not who I was before I was sexually assaulted.
How do you react when something unexpected pops out of your child’s mouth? The first time my daughter really surprised me, we were grocery shopping. She shouted, “LOOK, MOMMY, HER HAIR IS BLUE!” Not once, but multiple times, pointing and yelling
Ah, homosexuality. My least favorite word for my most favorite thing. Queerness, gayness, lesbianism, bisexuality, fluid sexuality, not straight, whatever, etc. I’ve been an out dyke for over a decade, and still encounter ignorance from straight folks on the daily. I