From Beirut to Berghain, Nur Jaber discovers true freedom through techno

Originally from the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Nur Jaber rose to recognition after moving to Berlin to do what she loves the most: making music. In the city’s infamous electronic music underground, the DJ and producer found her voice in techno, as well as ambient and classical sounds—an intoxicating mix of influences through which she sends an unwavering message of love and true acceptance.

Digital defenders: meet the queer activists fighting surveillance and censorship online

The physical and digital worlds are increasingly intertwined when it comes to safety; prejudices that manifest online can lead to physical harm, and marginalized communities, particularly LGBT people, are increasingly prone to security threats like surveillance and censorship. It’s therefore necessary that the LGBT community becomes aware of the intersection of human rights and technology.

The Everyday Racism You Encounter While Dating as a Person of Colour

As someone with an Egyptian background living in the Netherlands, I'm constantly forced to laugh off poor attempts at flirting that focus solely on my race. "Arab guys make me so horny – I hear you're all very dominant and aggressive in bed," was one example. "You’re quite handsome for a Moroccan," was another. I was curious to see if experiencing racism in the dating scene is as common as it seems to be, so I spoke to seven people of colour.

Armed police storm Georgian nightclubs leading to a rave outside Parliament

Hundreds of people descended onto Tbilisi’s streets this weekend to protest heavily armed police raids on two nightclubs in Georgian capital. A rave took place in front of Parliament, and protesters demanded the resignation of the prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the minister of internal affairs. Despite being something of an outpost on the clubbing landscape, Tbilisi has garnered recognition in the global house and techno scenes, mostly thanks to the city’s two dance music focal points

Young Gay Men Talk About the Dangers of Having to Hide Your Dating Life

On the night of 18th February, 17-year-old Orlando Boldewijn disappeared in the Dutch city of The Hague, after a Grindr-date he hadn't told his friends or family about. The student's body was found eight days later in a pond in the Ypenburg neighbourhood of the city. It's still uncertain what exactly happened to Orlando Boldewijn, but the case has started a conversation in the Netherlands about the safety of gay teenagers exploring their sexuality through secret meet-ups. Apps like Grindr are...

What It's Like to Be Raised Gender Neutral

In April of 2016, I interviewed two parents who are raising their children gender neutral. It could be liberating, they said, to not have social expectations of children based on their sex. However, many people considered their parenting decision to be a form of unnatural indoctrination – arguing that there's simply a biological difference between men and women; that kids shouldn't be tricked into thinking they can pick and choose. Unsurprisingly, my article inspired comments like: "This is what modern child abuse looks like," and, "Another selfish parent projecting her identity issues on a child."

this young moroccan designer is reclaiming his arab identity

Even though the fashion industry is increasingly acknowledging the power of diversity, the world can still be limiting for marginalized groups. There is rising Islamophobia and an amplifying cry to reject immigrants in the West. Across the world, nationalist and far-right parties have made significant electoral gains, resulting in more division and tension between population groups. Anwar Bougroug (28) studied fashion in Oslo and has decided to leave the West, recently relocating to Morocco to

Battling Racism and Homophobia Helped This South African Artist Find His Voice

South African-born writer, actor, and singer Nakhane Touré (30) received death threats last year after he played the lead role in The Wound, a South African queer film. The film tells the story of two men who put their lives on the line for love and criticizes a tribal ritual called Ukwaluka, during which boys get circumcised and initiated into manhood. Because of this controversy in his home country, Nakhane was forced to move to London. His new album is called You Will Not Die.
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