EMBRACING MY SUPERPOWER – MY SEXUALITY
Hasina Juma is an advocate who uses her own lived experience to boldly raise awareness about bisexual people of colour with a focus on the South Asian community. Through her advocacy work (educational website, keynote addresses, podcast interviews and media coverage), she courageously talks about her journey of finding spheres of belonging in her world, given she is accepted in her country of residence, perceived as committing in a sin by being bisexual in her religion and is seen as invisible in the Canadian South Asian community. Her work also focuses about the journey of living in the shadow of her sexuality to rising up to be bold, beautiful and bisexual. Her readers find her work as honest, insightful, inspiring and thought-provoking!
Through my coming out journey, I saw a lack of representation of queer people of colour in the LGBTQ2 community and even more so in South Asian communities which made me feel alone and invisible. I felt like I had no one to talk to as I moved through the initial stages of being in the closet to being out because I didn’t see people like me. I thought surely someone on the internet has published some resources for bisexual people of colour, but that’s clearly not the case. It didn’t help that in general there aren’t too many resources for bisexual people.
I didn’t want other bisexual people of colour to face the same challenges I did, so I started a Facebook blog in March 2017 as a way to bring a voice to bisexuality. My intention was to share my experience in a raw and authentic manner so that it can inspire others to move forward in their journey of personal growth.
On May 31, 2018 I amplified my platform by launching this ground breaking website for bisexual people of colour and their families. My intention remains the same; however, my impact has grown which resulted in the addition of new components such as words of wisdom, media coverage and topical infographics (e.g. The Coming Out Process for LGBTQ2 individuals or False Beliefs Faced by Bisexual People of Colour and many more).
Have a look around the website. I can’t wait to engage in conversations with all of you!