Taylor Amari Little

Advocates for Youth
She is a proud Black queer femme Muslim and practitioner of African Diasporic ancestral spiritual traditions. Recognized as the student featured on Buzzfeed for her “White People Stay Colonizing” presentation that went viral late 2016, and the TEDx Speaker presenting “Revolutionary Self-Produced Justice”. She founded Queer Ummah: A Visibility Project, internationally highlighting narratives of LGBTQ+ Muslims. Studying Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, she served as a keynote speaker at Portland State University and Albion College. She’s part of Muslim Youth Leadership Council of Advocates for Youth, and a main organizer of southeast Michigan’s Islamic Healing Space of A2 & Ypsi.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Radical Islam: Lessons of Muslim Liberation from Queer Muslim Youth Activists

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC focuses on: countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, reprodutive justice, LGBTQ rights and support for queer Muslims, and working towards racial justice and countering anti-Blackness in our communities.

Join two queer Muslim youth activists from MyLC to learn about their work and how young Muslims are reimagining Muslim spaces as liberatory, decolonial, and restorative sites. This workshop will help challenge oppressive mainstream narratives in the Muslim community and center historically subjugated Muslims including low-income and disabled folk. There will be a specific focus on understanding and countering anti-Blackness. Presenters will encourage all to commit to eradicating anti-Blackness in our spaces, especially our religious spaces, as Black folks continue to be delegitimized and erased from Muslim history, movements and places of worship.

This workshop will ask participants to explore issues of race in the Muslim community and ask them to imagine what healing spaces look like for them and to creatively extend these ideas into religious spaces. Towards the end audience members will have the opportunity to ask about Muslim Youth Leadership Council, queer Muslim resources, personal experiences, reproductive justice in a Muslim context, and more.

Speakers: Ramish Nadeem, Taylor Amari Little