On one hand, LGBTQ black Muslim Somali-Americans face homophobia
and transphobia within the generally conservative Somali-American community.
On the other hand, they also face racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia
among LGBTQ white Americans.
"'White queers are really good at erasing us': the lives of LGBTQ Somali-Americans.
Minneapolis is known for its large Somali-American and LGBTQ communities.
But for those who are part of both, a sense of belonging can be hard to find."
"For people like Hassan, who is queer and a Somali-American, community can
be a difficult thing to find. On the one hand, homophobia and transphobia plague
the Somali-American community. On the other hand, xenophobia, Islamophobia
and racism are deeply rooted in Minnesota’s largely white LGBTQ community."
"“It’s pretty normal. It’s expected,” Hassan said of homophobia and
transphobia in his Somali-American community. As for being Somali in
Minneapolis’ LGBTQ community: “It has been awful. I should not be
surprised that just because we happen to share a sexuality that it
would absolve them or cure them of all prejudices that exist.”
"“White queers are really good at erasing us,” Hafsa said.
“There’s a lot of Islamophobia and xenophobia, and I feel like Trump
has brought a lot of that out of people in the community.”
"When asked about LGBTQ Somali-Americans becoming further integrated
with Minnesota’s larger LGBTQ community, Michelle, a 29-year-old
Somali gay woman who came to Minnesota seven years ago, said:
“I don’t really foresee that happening in this country. Especially during
this administration. There’s a hate already being formed. I could see all
LGBT people coming together, but at some point that privilege comes out.
If [African Americans] can’t even [be accepted], why do you think that
LGBT Somalis and East Africans can?”
"Even so, the individuals interviewed for this piece are still critical of
the anti-LGBTQ views many in their Somali-American community hold.
But they reject the idea that their hardships in the Somali-American community
be used to legitimize anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant views."
Which kind of bigotry is worse? A LGBTQ black Muslim Somali-American faces racism
because other people can immediately identify one as black. In contrast, a LGBTQ white
person can, if necessary, usually conceal one's LGBTQ identity to reduce bigotry against oneself.
While complaining of bigotry against themselves for being LGBTQ, many
LGBTQ white people retain prejudices against LGBTQ non-white people.
While complaining of sexism against themselves, many 'white feminist'
women retain prejudices against non-white women, including non-white feminists.