Reimagining Queer Muslim Youth: Is representation enough?


  • Sumeiva Khamissa


Using an anti-colonial, critical lens, I analyze two young adult novels and one film which present the lives of queer Muslim teenagers in various countries around the world. Locating themes of white saviourism, forced marriage, and the overall negative experience of being a queer Muslim. I ask myself and the readers, is representation enough? Queer children and youth rarely get to see positive examples of themselves. For queer Muslims, literature and media often is the only source where they see their inner desires mirrored back at themselves. This representation must go beyond the phenomenon of their existence, but also shed light on the happiness and fulfilment that can be experienced. Moreover, I urge non-Muslim LGBTQ+ members to move away from the colonial story line of queerness and understand that “coming out” is not the end goal for every queer person, but rather that queerness is an abstract theory that does not encapsulate every experience.




How to Cite

Khamissa, S. (2022). Reimagining Queer Muslim Youth: Is representation enough?. Revue YOUR Review (York Online Undergraduate Research), 9. Retrieved from



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