Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.
Blair Imani is Black, Queer, and Muslim. In addition to being a writer, public speaker, and ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community, Imani is a published author, with her premier book Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.
Blair Imani began using her voice on a national stage in July 2016, and has since taken on initiatives such as joining Erase the Hate, NBCUniversal’s award-winning accelerator program for organizations working to end discrimination, as well as lecturing at colleges including Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Omaha, and American University. Blair first came out as a queer Muslim woman on national television while discussing safe spaces on Tucker Carlson Tonight in July 2017. After speaking her truth, Blair began working with the internationally renowned LGBTQ rights organization, GLAAD, to continue elevating the stories of queer people of faith globally. Most recently, she was recognized by Condé Nast's them for Muslim Women's Day 2018, when the platform published a groundbreaking interview with Blair about her journey as a queer black woman and practicing Muslim.
As a grassroots and online community advocate, Blair has focused heavily on supporting and uplifting Queer Muslims, girls and women, the Black community, and the LGBTQ community. Through storytelling in many forms, including the use of her platform on Twitter and Instagram, and her writing for outlets such as Huffington Post and VICE, she has dedicated herself to changing people’s perceptions of critical issues in the world, always bringing a fresh take to the table.
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 life. For her important work, Blair has been honored as part of the OUT100 by Out Magazine, Logo30 by Logo TV, #Woke100 by ESSENCE and as one of 25 Gen-Z'ers creating change in the world by NYLON. She’s also been featured by countless outlets including Teen Vogue, Bustle, NowThis News, YES!, The Advocate, The Observer, Broadly, and more.