Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-08-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Travel Ban Suspended, Muslim LGBT Voices Call Out to be heard
From a press release
2017-10-24

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Statement from the National Queer Asian Pacific Alliance:

"I tried to be inconspicuous. As the TSA officer mistreated me, I thought maybe it's because I have a Muslim sounding name… I thought he's just playing by the book—then you realize: No! There is no book!" said Chicagoan Sal Salam in a video detailing their experience. Video: youtu.be/9bxAo8BS9_4 .

Sal Salam, a gender-nonconforming Bangladeshi, living in Chicago frequently travels to Bangladesh to visit family. Sal has experienced significant harassment when re-entering the United States. The fact that Sal is not from one of the six majority Muslim countries named in Trumps' travel ban has not prevented repeated incidents of harassment and humiliation.

President Trump, just one week after his inauguration, on January 27, 2017 announced a travel ban—targeting people in 7 majority Muslim countries and attempting to make good on an egregious campaign promise to prevent all Muslims from entering the United States. Ten months later we have since seen several versions of the ban, each prevented by the courts from being implemented. Recently in a thinly veiled effort to disguise its discriminatory nature, Trump inexplicably removed Iraq and Sudan replacing them with two non-majority Muslim countries North Korea and Venezuela, and adding Chad as well.

Once again the court blocked the ban. On October 17, one day before it was to go into effect, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson blocked implementation of the latest version of the "anti- Muslim" travel ban. The Washington Post, National Security section reported:" in a 40-page decision granting the state of Hawaii's request for a temporary restraining order, Watson wrote that the latest ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor…. [The executive order] plainly discriminates based on nationality in a way that is opposed to federal law and the founding principles of this Nation." Only Venezuela and North Korea were exempted from the injunction.

At the moment LGBT and other travelers from six of the named nations are not banned from entering the Untied States but there are no real prohibitions in place to prevent harassment of travelers.

LGBT status matters.

Every nation on the travel ban list presents a real and present danger to LGBT people. The penal codes in five of the seven countries — Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Somalia proscribe as punishment for homosexual or same sex relationships 3- 5 years imprisonment. Iran and Yemen call for the death penalty. In each of these five countries a person perceived to be homosexual, may be accused ( and found guilty of ) committing unnatural acts, conducting or promoting same sex relationships, homosexual acts, sodomy, buggery, lewd acts, promoting propaganda or violating obscenity or so-called morality laws. In Chad the new criminal code seeks to punish homosexual behavior as a misdemeanor.

In Venezuela, and North Korea while the penal codes do not contain laws directly discriminating against LGBT people, anecdotal information tells us that LGBT lives are less then tolerable in these repressive societies. Venezuela for example reported over 110 murders of transgender people in less than a decade- the fourth highest ranked country according to Trans Murder Monitoring project.

Not one of these nations carries legal protections for LGBT people. LGBT persons seeking refuge from these countries clearly face life-threatening circumstances and at the very least unbearable living conditions.

Call an End to the Travel ban Endeavor

It is time for the Trump administration to " let go" of the illegal Muslim travel ban and cease the pursuit of further appeals. Federal resources and taxpayer monies should not be further expended in this useless endeavor. Many believe the anti Muslim ban is discriminatory. It adds burden to LGBT and others at risk. This is brought out in stories collected by the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) . The voices of queer Muslims demonstrate both the unfairness and lack of necessity for the travel ban. ( See links below )

( The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance has led a national campaign in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) community protesting the ban. We have submitted an LGBT amicus brief in the legal challenges in court, organized a national series of awareness-building actions in 7 cities and continue to tell the stories of LGBT Muslims in America. We will fight the Muslim travel ban as long as necessary. Join us!

VOICES OF QUEER MUSLIMS

* Maya Jafer, transgender Indian Muslim immigrant who shows that extensive security measures and vetting are already in place

Written and Video: www.nqapia.org/wpp/uncovering-our-stories-maya-jafer/ .

* Sal Salam, gender-nonconforming Bangladeshi Muslim who felt harassed and separated from their husband upon re-entering the U.S.

Video: youtu.be/9bxAo8BS9_4 .

* Sahar Shafqat, gender nonconforming Pakistani Muslim who was harassed by TSA

Written: www.nqapia.org/wpp/redefinesecurity-sahar-shafqat/ .

* Pia Ahmed's sister ended up on the No Fly List as a teenager

Video: youtu.be/OewniH4Xflc .

* Pia Ahmed's recounts watching their father get pulled out of line by TSA agents.

Video: youtu.be/gXHR0YPx2RA .

* Alina Bee, South Asian whose ethnic dress was invasively searched by TSA

Written: www.nqapia.org/wpp/redefinesecurity-alina-bee/ .

* Joyti Chand, South Asian, but not Muslim, whose apartment was broken into by LA Police

Written: www.nqapia.org/wpp/redefinesecurity-jyoti-chand/ .

* Read Op-Ed by Sasha W., NQAPIA Organizing Director at www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59b6c8ace4b0465f7588090b .

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) is a nationwide federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander ( API ) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT API groups, develop leadership, and expand collaborations to better challenges anti-LGBT bias and racism.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Anti-war protest on 50th anniversary of 1968 Democratic National Convention 2018-08-16 - Fifty years ago, growing numbers of Americans rose up against the twin evils of war and racism. Outside the Democratic National Convention in ...


Gay News

Groups urge Rauner to end workplace bias 2018-08-15 - Seventeen civil-rights organizations in Illinois are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner, in a letter sent to him, to sign legislation that would ban employment ...


Gay News

Aug. 16 'Trans Talk' to include Quigley 2018-08-15 - On Thursday, Aug. 16, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 )—who is vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus—will join Center on Halsted ...


Gay News

Panel on LGBTQI+ persecution Aug. 16 at Center on Halsted 2018-08-15 - The All Aboard USA Committee of Rainbow Railroad will hold a public event on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Center on ...


Gay News

Trans candidate Christine Hallquist wins primary, historic race for Vermont gov continues 2018-08-14 - Trans United Fund ( TUF ) and the Working Families Party ( WFP ) congratulated Christine Hallquist on her victory in Vermont's Democratic ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Statewide commission, Miss. ordinance, Biden, electoral news 2018-08-14 - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has established the nation's first statewide LGBTQ commission, according to INTOmore.com. After signing an executive order enacting the Pennsylvania ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal files FOIA for Kavanaugh documents to discover LGBTQ record 2018-08-13 - Over the weekend, Lambda Legal filed Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) requests for documents and communications related to Brett Kavanaugh, President ...


Gay News

Rauner Vetos Legislation that Would Strengthen Non-Discrimination Protections 2018-08-11 - Equality Illinois Condemns Gov. Rauner's Veto of Legislation that Would Strengthen Illinois Non-Discrimination Protections in the Workplace CHICAGO—Gov. Bruce Rauner betrayed Illinois' ...


Gay News

City presses ahead with plans to reduce HIV infections 2018-08-11 - Health officials discussed efforts to significantly increase the number of Chicagoans accessing primary care after an HIV diagnosis—thereby ultimately increasing the number of ...


Gay News

HRC, Partners, Allies United Against Hate One Year After Charlottesville 2018-08-10 - WASHINGTON — This weekend, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.