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Born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1967, Surina Khan moved with her family
to the United States when she was 5. Her parents had both been born to
Muslim families in what would become independent India, but moved to
the new nation of Pakistan in 1947. She came out as a lesbian in 1989.
She was an Associate Analyst at
Political Research Associates
a think tank and research center that monitors authoritarian and
anti-democratic movements. She authored Calculated Compassion: How
the Ex-Gay Movement Serves the Right's Attack on Democracy, an
in-depth study of the ex-gay movement and the Christian right.
She has contributed to The Harvard Gay & Lesbian
Review, The Boston Phoenix, The Washington Blade, Deneuve,
Girlfriends, Windy City Times,
Southern Voice, and was the former co-publisher of
Surina Khan is currently head of the
International Gay and Lesbian Human
Rights Commission, the first South Asian to fill that position.
- Newsclips & Links
of Deepa Mehta's Earth, by Surina Khan, in Sojourner. See
the Sawnet cinema page for other
reviews of this film, and more about the movie and director.
Khan thinks Coors beer should be boycotted because of the Coors
family's right-wing politics. In i-out.
Going home. An article in which she talks about returning to
Pakistan when her mother developed cancer, and how being lesbian has
changed (and not changed) her relationship with her family. In the
Boston Phoenix, Oct 99.
Christian right movement
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Last updated 21 May 2013
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