The Price We Pay

On May 11, 1982, the New York Times published an article bringing attention to a previously-unknown disease that had taken the lives of a few-hundred gay man across the country. Gay-related Immunodeficiency (as it was then coined) was at first ignored, and later joked about; besides, it was only the gays and drug-abusers who were […]

My Big Black Gay Wedding

The proposal They say every girl dreams of their perfect wedding day. For me, I dreamed of meeting my soul mate and spending a life of happiness together. I proposed to my girlfriend on a dreamy isolated beach in the Mediterranean. We couldn’t wait to go home and share the exciting news with our friends […]

1000 Women Launch

Last Week AZ Mag went to the launch of 1000 Women; a great organisation with an even greater cause, to highlight and change equality within the mental and sexual health care systems for Black, Asian minority women. You could tell this meant a lot to those involved with Marion Wadibia CEO of NAZ and Shola […]

Finding A Voice

I grew up the youngest of seven in a fairly liberal, westernised family. My father was a founder member of Birmingham Central Mosque and my mum was a traditional housewife who managed to hold three part-time jobs as a cleaner as well as looking after the family and home.  Within our household, there always appeared to […]

This Week

I spend my life running from an amalgamation of truths, poverty, race, queerness, Islamaphobia and gender. It is an epic race, running and running. I have been running faster and faster the older I get, sweat running down my aging body as I jump over more and more hurdles – housing–running–health- running-education- running-work-running. This week […]

The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a LGBT youth charity who work with and support LGBT young people in Manchester, Greater Manchester and the North West. The Proud Trust runs a number of weekly youth groups for LGBT young people across the region and delivers outreach and awareness raising workshops in schools, colleges and youth groups, facilitating […]