Coming out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love

UCR hosts Wazina Zondon, Muslim Afghan sexuality educator

Wazina Zondon will give a talk at UCR on Tuesday, March 7.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside will host Wazina Zondon, a Muslim, Afghan raised in New York City who is a sexuality educator on Tuesday, March 7.

“We’re thrilled to bring Wazina to UCR, especially at this critical time where many of our students and community members are feeling targeted due to characteristics of their identities,” said Denise Davis, the director at the Women’s Resource Center at UCR. “Wazina’s story speaks to her lived experience of carrying intersecting marginalized identities, and how she’s found sources of strength and empowerment.”

Zondon’s talk will focus on the connection between homophobia and Islamophobia. She is the co-writer and co-performer of “Coming out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love,” a personal storytelling performance. She is also in an HBO documentary called “The Out List,” which is currently streaming on Netflix.

“Zondon utilizes traditional storytelling and conversation as the medium for exploring the broad range of experiences facing people who are queer and Muslim,” Davis said. “The stories range from tales about other people’s theories about where queerness comes from, to the tension between one’s culture and religion, and love – ‘Coming Out Muslim’ is both funny and poignant. We’re very excited to welcome her to UCR.”

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in HUB 355. It is co-sponsored by the UCR’s Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, and UCR’s Diversity and Inclusion.

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