His cheerful personality and welcoming manner arouse interest, but above all encourage people to get to know him and find out more about his checkered life story. Mohamed speaks openly about “coming out of the wardrobe”. The 39- year-old activist was willing to share this bittersweet part of his life with us.
For every Queer person, coming out is an accomplishment, an act of
emancipation. Weema*, aged 31, decides to come out and carve out an existence
for themselves that is not devoid of consequences, but certainly devoid of filters.
Indeed, standing up to his family, he chooses one day to take the lead in his own
life… for better or for worse.
When personal experience and convictions intertwine, militanty begins to take shape and struggles end up being structured. Salma El Masri lives in Cairo. She is executive director of Bedayaa Organization, which works to defend the rights of LGBTQI+ people. In recent years, as part of the team, she has been working hard to raise awareness among young Queer people about their drug use habits…
Sasha* is a bit over 29 years old, and little over a quarter of a lifetime that has been fruitful, festive, hectic, wild, intense … and marked by unexpected events. At the dawn of his 30s, he unveils without any filters his personal Queer existence, one that’s fluctuating between mental vulnerability and artificial paradises.
Talking to her is not something you can do half-heartedly. Sondos Garbouj is a clinical psychologist, currently teaching psychology at the university. A profession that echoes the question of Gender / Human Rights / Feminism, which reflects her intersectional involvement. Practicing goes hand in hand with her unwavering support for minorities. In this interview, she talks about her involvement, which she advocates loud and clear.
After listening to his journey, he gives us complete freedom to present him, as our interlocutor treats with caution some terms that are commonly used such as “refugee”, “asylum seeker”, or even activist. “Ward” is his real first name, which he chose to put forward in order to overshadow another one that is more common, with a Muslim connotation, attributed by his family.
One is not born oneself, one becomes one! or one persists in becoming one. Aspiring to a more just community life and having brandished the banner of individual freedoms at an early age, “Leil” soon came up against the hazards of a turbulent, often hostile existence, but one that continues to be lived to the fullest. Fights, dodging and a perpetual search for peace and reconciliation (un)shape his path.
Yahia Zaidi has been caught up in activism and has continued to refine his commitment on all fronts for the past 20 years. A native of Algeria, everything began for him in there. It is indeed impossible to remain indifferent to his ardor for a just life, full of human values, in the service of defending human rights of queer and LGBTQI+ people.
If asked to introduce herself, Bochra Triki doesn’t know what to say. She cracks a smile, seems to be pondering and stays on the lookout for definitions thrown at her. “I am a feminist, Queer, it is a part of my identity which I try to deal with in a multidisciplinary way”. she says. A beautiful but brief presentation that considerably trim down an atypical career and a decade of her twenties devoted to the Queer and feminist cause in Tunisia. “Boch” is in her thirties and her rich experience speaks for itself…