Blair Imani

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Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.

BIOGRAPHY

Blair Imani is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, which tells the stories of 70 contemporary heroes who are changing the world.

Following her July 2016 arrest during a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge in response to the killing of Alton Sterling, Blair Imani began using her voice on a national stage as a commentator, speaker, and social media presence.

Blair is the founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for women and nonbinary people. Four years after its founding, Equality for HER joined NBCUniversal’s award-winning accelerator program for organizations working to rid the world of discrimination.

In June 2017, Blair Imani came out as a queer Muslim woman on national television while discussing safe spaces on Tucker Carlson Tonight. By speaking her truth, Imani invoked the rage of Carlson’s viewers who tormented her with messages of hate and violence. Undeterred, Blair began working with the internationally renowned LGBTQ rights organization, GLAAD, to continue elevating the stories of queer people of faith globally. For Muslim Women’s Day 2018, Condé Nast’s team released a groundbreaking interview with Blair Imani about her journey as a queer black woman and practicing Muslim.

Since her rise to prominence, Blair has lectured at Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, the University of Omaha, and American University. From Washington, DC and San Francisco, to London and Hull, Blair Imani has joined key decision-making tables and media conversations to advocate for institutional change and a future that honors everyone’s lives.

Blair is an alum of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She works at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and DoSomething.org.  She has been honored as part of the #Woke100 by ESSENCE and as one of 25 Gen-Z’ers creating change in the world by NYLON. She currently serves as a board member with the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an organization that fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Blair also serves on DoSomething.org’s Civic Engagement Advisory Board and the advisory board of 260by26, an organization dedicated to extending education opportunities to 260 million children globally by 2026.

 

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