Latino and Muslim

The temperature was falling faster than the setting sun on a Friday evening that felt more like Autumn than Spring. Car after car with members of the Ojalá Foundation rolled into the parking lot of Fairplay Foods on Chicago’s Southwest Side for the weekly “Neighborly Deeds Initiative” of passing out food to the homeless. “As-salamu…

White People Don’t Like Me (And that’s ok)

Did that title grab your attention? For some of you, it’s unsettling. Others, a reaffirmation. To many, empathy. To be clear. There are many white people who like me (smiling). I have many white colleagues, friends and relatives who appreciate and respect me, as I do them. This story is about the resentment of white…

Love Wins 🏳️‍🌈

Like millions of people around the globe, my family and I are celebrating lesbian l, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month. It is the first time we are participating in the annual June festivities since my daughter Isabella announced openly with all of our family and friends that she is a bisexual woman.…