2015 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award: Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle. Living Out Islam documents the rarely-heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries & who are gay, lesbian, & transgender. It weaves original interviews w/ Muslim activists into a compelling composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships & achieve justice.
“I don’t believe in democracy. What is democracy? Do you really believe that the policy in democratic countries is making what the people in democratic countries want? No, of course not.” Artist @sebastianbieniek at
Ukrainian cottage. In area, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe, with only Russia, its neighboring country, being bigger. Ukraine lies in southeastern Europe bordering the Black Sea. It became an independent country in 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved. Nowadays it is a democratic country with a population over 49 million, about 80% Orthodox Christians and 10% Ukrainian Catholics.