Doubly marginalized

In January 2002, Niloufar (30) was asked to answer some questions about her life as an Iranian immigrant in the U.S. — Here’s an excerpt:

How have the September 11 attacks and their aftermath affected you personally?

The September attack was a horrendous tragedy and came as a great shock. Still, I never predicted the events that would follow. I was appalled by the anti-Middle Eastern/Muslim/Arab atmosphere, and Middle-Eastern bashing and stereotyping in the aftermath of the attack. Ironically, it reminded me of the queer-bashing I have witnessed and experienced my entire life. I guess the question I have been asking myself as an „Iranian Lesbian“ — and doubly marginalized — is if there will ever be a place I could call home. And if I will ever belong anywhere.