Saturday, August 22, 2015

Muslim activist & Drag Queen voices fears of backlash over film

Muslim Drag Queens: Asif Quaraishi, who performs as Asifa Lahore. Photograph: Phil Fisk/Channel 4
HOLLYWOOD---Police are on alert in case of a backlash after Channel 4 airs a documentary featuring the UK’s first gay Muslim drag queen. Asif Quaraishi, an activist for the so-called “Gaysian” community who performs in clubs as the glamorous Asifa Lahore, has received death threats in the past and is concerned about the public reaction to Muslim Drag Queens when it airs on Monday night. The documentary, which follows the difficulties faced in the lives of three gay Asian drag queens and explores the largely clandestine gay Asian community in the UK, is narrated by Sir Ian McKellen. [link]
Muslim Drag Queens: Zareena Khan, Asifa Lahore, Sir Ian McKellen and Ibrahim. Photograph: Channel 4/PA