What do I stand for?

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Hasina is a Canadian advocate for bisexual people of colour and their families. Her story is one of resilience as Hasina boldly embraced her bisexuality by navigating conflicts in identity where she is starting to be embraced in Canadian society, perceived as committing a sin in the Ismaili Muslim religion, invisible in the South Asian community while still gaining credibility as a bisexual in the LGBTQ2+ community.

At a time when the LGBTQ2+ community is not even acknowledged in her former religion and ethnic community, she speaks up through her ground breaking digital platform (educational website, speaking engagements, podcast interviews and media coverage), where she provides resources, support and tools to bring awareness about the complexities of embracing who you are when you have multiple conflicting identities. Her focus is not limited to bisexual people of colour, but also talking about common challenges that are faced by LGBTQ2+ people of colour.

Her work resonates with a broad audience who finds her work honest, insightful and thought-provoking. LGBTQ2+ people of colour, who are often in hiding their sexual orientation, allow themselves to be seen for the first time while heterosexuals gain new perspectives which leads to more openness and understanding.

Hasina’s advocacy work has not only led to various speaking engagements, but also features in newspapers, magazines and podcasts series with a global reach.

 

Notable achievements

Being a panelist for brown and black people at the global 2019 Human Rights Conference in New York.

Interviewing the Prime Minister of Canada’s first Special Advisor on LGBTQ2+ issues.

Being a keynote speaker at the 2018 Alberta Gay Straight Alliance Conference for an audience of over 600+ people.

Being published in Curve Magazine, North America’s best selling magazine for bisexual and lesbian women.

The why behind my work

My advocacy work focuses on the gaps in knowledge I experienced while hiding my own sexual orientation.

I didn’t see bisexual people of colour so I became that positive role model.

I faced many hurtful comments from others on bisexuality primarily based on ignorance, fears and lack of information. I became a myth busting machine and a truth teller on what it really means to be a bisexual.

I didn’t find many resources for bisexuals and none catered to bisexual people of colour so I became that knowledge house.

I saw parents of colour who had no information about what it means to embrace their child’s bisexuality and are expected to love their children. I became that resource with the recognition that parents play a critical role on their child’s journey of sexuality.