Maryam Khan (she/her/they/them) is a Social Work professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to Laurier, Maryam was pursuing doctoral studies in social work at York University, Toronto, Ontario. Maryam’s doctoral research critically examined the resistance strategies and agency of LBTQ Muslim women living out their intersectional identities (race, ethnicity religiosity, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and expression) in the Global North amongst the hegemonic norms existing in both normative Muslim and LGBTQ communities.
Sarah Shah (they/them) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Islamic Studies, The University of Toronto. Their research includes analyses of religion as it pertains to gender and family relations, immigration and racialization, and mental health. Sarah is also an assistant professor at the department of sociology, UTM, a research consultant for Canadian Muslim community organizations, a core organizer for Salaam Canada, and a leader at the El Tawhid Jumma Circle Toronto Unity Mosque.
Momin Rahman (he/him) is a Professor of Sociology at Trent University in Canada. His current research is on the conflicts between LGBT identities and Muslim cultures, and the experiences of LGBT Muslims, including a funded research project on LGBT Muslims in Canada. He has presented this work at international academic conferences and at private policy meetings such as the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has published over 30 chapters and articles and 4 books: The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Politics (2020, co-edited with Michael Bosia and Sandra McEvoy, Oxford University Press), Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity, (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), Gender and Sexuality (2010, with Stevi Jackson, Polity) and Sexuality and Democracy (2000, Edinburgh University Press).
Fatima (they/she) is current a research assistant with this study. They are a first generation Pakistani Muslim immigrant (arrivant-settler) and currently a student at University of Guelph studying Philosophy. They are a co-facilitator for a workshop dedicated to LGBT Muslims at OK2BME’s annual GSA Conference, aiming to provide an understanding of the various circumstances LGBT Muslims kids may face and resources to help teachers & social workers to better support them. Fatima has also been involved with projects such as Kapit Bisig Laban COVID, a nationwide effort dedicated to providing food, PPE, and other resources to migrant workers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and focus heavily on disabled women’s experiences.
Emily (she/her) is a Research Assistant with this study. She is a recent graduate of the Community Psychology Masters program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research explored the well-being and community experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers and the strategies these individuals use to promote and maintain their well-being. Emily was also the previous coordinator for the Thriving on Campus study which focused on the campus experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ university students throughout Ontario. As a queer woman, Emily is passionate about public education and knowledge translation as a way of promoting safe and inclusive environments for all 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
Nour (she/her) is a Research Assistant with this study. She is a Master of Social Work student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her Honors Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Health Studies, with a double minor in Political Science and Equity Studies. As a Syrian first-generation immigrant, born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Nour’s main interests lie in examining immigrant experiences, specifically as they intersect at realities and identities of sexuality and gender, race, disability, and religion. Since arriving in Toronto, Nour has been involved in youth-led workshops on sex and sexuality, specifically targeted for newcomer youth, as well as resource accessibility for immigrant families in Toronto.
Past Research Team Members
Anum Urooj-Sage (she/her) has a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University; She is a first-generation immigrant (arrivant-settler) from Pakistan, who was raised in the United Arab Emirates. She also has a background in psychology and gerontology. Anum has over six years of combined experience working with diverse populations, including with survivors of gender-based violence, youth with disabilities, and newcomers to Canada.
Anum was a Research Assistant and Coordinator with this study until July 2021.
Ayesha Masud (she/her) is a Masters of Psychotherapy student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Health Studies degree. She was a previous coordinator of the undergraduate service RAISE (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity) at UWaterloo, and has worked in various equity spaces at the institutional level. As a queer Muslim, Ayesha is currently working to gain knowledge and build community at the intersection of religion, race, sexuality and other overlapping identity markers.
Ayesha was a Research Assistant with this study until September 2021.