“I’m going to need you to step aside for additional screening.”
As queer and trans Muslims and South Asians, this phrase is deeply familiar to us. We live in a time when the color of our skin is cause for suspicion, our names are reason enough to deny our civil liberties, our bodies are assaulted with impunity. Our hearts are weary and bruised. This past Sunday, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we collectively spoke back.
“Up up with the people, down down with Jeh Johnson!”
On that day, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and KhushDC took …