The World Cup, Qatar, and LGBTQIA+ Rights
The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. However, our voices matter and will be heard. Many LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.
About Episode 28
In this episode, we discuss The World Cup, Qatar, and LGBTQIA+ Rights with Dr. Nas Mohamed (they/them).
FIFA will bring the World Cup to Qatar, attracting millions of fans from around the world. Leaders and corporations have vowed that LGBTQIA+ people are welcomed and will be safe in the country, despite lacking legal protections for LGBTQIA+ people.
About Dr. Nas Mohamed (they/them)
Since coming out, Dr. Nas has been involved with a very extensive international campaign. He is connected to the larger LGBT community in Qatar and has been working with Amnesty International, the human rights watch, and the international lesbian and gay association to get some accurate reflections and reports on country conditions for LGBT Qataris. This is time sensitive because this is the first time LGBT rights in Qatar are being discussed and there are no reports of what has been happening on the grounds. Qatar’s PR and marketing are projecting a tolerant approach, which is quite different from the reality on the ground. There are plans to retaliate post the World Cup locally and support is needed. Dr. Nas is opening the first nonprofit organization, Alwan Foundation, to keep advocating for the cause.
Listen in as we hear from Dr. Nas Mohamed!
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Michelle Meow, Producer & Host
Michelle Meow is the host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show.” The program’s tagline is: “Your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between.” Michelle’s mission is to construct opportunities for people to listen to deep conversations to develop understanding and empathy. She shares, “We simply don’t have enough opportunities to talk and not enough moments to listen.” Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network, and her local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV and Channel 44.
Michelle also produces programs at the iconic Commonwealth Club, where she has also served on their Board of Governors. There, she is dedicated to conversations around social justice with an intersectional lens. She has interviewed notable thought leaders such as Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, NFL’s first out LGBTQ coach Katie Sowers, the first American woman in space, and Sally Ride’s widow, Tam O’Shaughnessy. Since 2006, Michelle has been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast and was President of their Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. She is a self-described LGBTQI+ history geek, information sponge, and lover, not a fighter.
Michelle shares, “Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create change. We are all different, but we find similarities and hope in our differences. Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create the change we all seek in humanity.”
You can learn more about Michelle and her programming here.
Michael K. Lavers, Global LGBTQIA+ News Contributor
Michael has reported from the Deep South, the United Nations, Cuba, Israel, Brazil, and more than a dozen other countries and territories. In addition, he has appeared on Al Jazeera, BBC, Sirius XM, and other English and Spanish-language media outlets to discuss LGBTQ-specific issues.
Michael holds a degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. He grew up in Manchester, N.H., and currently lives in Dupont Circle with his husband.