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Nemat Sadat
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By many measures 2016 was a brutal year. But as Hillary Clinton said in her moving concession speech, with successes there will be setbacks, even painful ones. There is an Afghan proverb that echoes these sentiments. In Dari and Pashto it says, “There is no rose without thorns.” Despite the hardships, 2016 has been a defining year for me. Here are the highlights of what I have accomplished in the last 12 months.

International LGBT Rights advocacy: In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, I evolved from being an alternative voice to a mainstream voice, with my calling and cause for universal human rights and civil liberties becoming enmeshed with issues of US national security and jihadi terrorism. I had an opportunity to break the status quo and change the course of human destiny by sharing widely my story as the first public figure to come out in Afghanistan and my relentless campaign for LGBT rights and gay marriage in Afghanistan and throughout the Muslim majority world; delving into the mind of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, and explaining the terrible suffering endured by rejected and repressed LGBT people in Muslim communities worldwide. I appeared on CNN & CNN International and interviewed by news anchors Christiane Amanpour, Amara Walker, and Don Lemon to an audience of 200 million households and hotel rooms worldwide. I was also interviewed by NBC News, Die Zeit, Radio Azadi, Voice of America and mentioned in the Washington Post.

Last October, I appeared in the first-ever panel debate on Islam & homosexuality in Afghanistan that was broadcasted on BBC Pashto and BBC Persian on multiple platforms (radio, TV, web, mobile) in Afghanistan and throughout the region. I also appeared as an LGBT rights activist in the first-ever segment about the secret lives of members of Afghanistan’s LGBT community that was broadcasted on BBC World, BBC Pashto, BBC Persian, and other BBC language divisions around the world.

Helped five gay and one bisexual Afghan man with their LGBT asylum cases in Belgium, England, Germany, and the Netherlands by providing written testimony confirming their sexuality and explaining the homosexual cleansing campaign in Afghanistan. Provided LGBT contacts and material evidence to an attorney/law firm in London defending a case of an Afghan LGBT asylum seeker in a tribunal that will determine the fate of Afghan LGBT seekers not only in the United Kingdom but even in jurisdictions across continental Europe and beyond.

Publications: Authored eight articles and placed them in Huffington Post, and Taz (die Tageszeitung), and Washington Blade.

Novelist aspirations: Completed and polished a final manuscript draft of my first novel and started seeking agents and editors to publish my book.

Memoirist aspirations: Made headway in the first in a series of memoirs that I intend to write about various angles/slices of my life and will hopefully appeal to a wide readership.

Health & Nutrition: After several years of being a Vegetarian, last August I evolved and became a Vegan. I’m shedding weight and happy to live an eco-friendly, cruel-free, and brain nourishing life.

Networking & Allyship: Attended the Victory Institute’s International LGBT conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month where I elevated the plight of LGBT people internationally during the opening plenary when I asked a panel of gay American ambassadors what the US government and civil society can do to assist LGBT people in Afghanistan, the greater Middle East, and across the Muslim-majority world, who continue to be criminalized and killed under sharia law. During the conference, I also rubbed shoulders with Tammy Baldwin, Brian Kendall Sims, Carlos Guillermo Smith, and other LGBT elected officials, appointed officials, and political aspirants.

Happy New Years to all of you. Wishing you a prosperous 2017.
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As a passionate citizen of this country, I can't think of a better way to spend the day than be a part of revolutionary history for all. #whyimarch #womensmarch
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I know it doesn't look like it, but this was the line to get to the inaugural parade. #J20 #DumpTrump #Inauguration
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Salute to President Barack Obama. You are the change maker whose rise to power gave me the courage to come out of the shadows, declare my freedom, and emerge as a champion of human rights for so many who are denied the dignity they deserve. Americans and all freedom-loving people cherish you and honor your legacy. Thank you for your leadership. #ObamaFarewell
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As the New Year arrives, I hope you adjust your inner voice and cherish each day with the people who matter most and the things that will help you live your fullest life. Félicitations. Mabruk. Mazel Tov. Happy New Year everyone.

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Dear Afghan lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers:
After some brainstorming, we came up with a plan to organize a retreat (that will be held either in California, New York or Washington, D.C.) and that promises to bring together LGBTQ Afghan Americans together in the first ever congregation of its kind and we are inviting LGBTQ Afghans across the Diaspora and inside Afghanistan to join us if they can. The only requirement is that be at least 18 years of age and preferably LGBTQ and Afghan. However, if you are heteroflexible and/or non-Afghan but you passionately believe in this cause, then you are welcome to join us. We embrace all.

Criminalized and tortured to death in our homeland, Afghanistan, and marginalized in the United States and across the West as minorities within minorities, we’ve decided to band together to establish a community and help each other grow and rise to the top and empower LGBT Afghan youth to have a pursue the good life. This will also be a great opportunity to make lasting friends and maybe even meet the love of your life.

We hope to also partner with the burgeoning Afghan ex-Muslim atheist and agnostic community and co-organize future retreats and symposiums with our infidel brothers and sisters since they also suffer persecution for their beliefs (or lack thereof) as we do for our gender identity and sexual orientation.

The future of Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora is feminist, queer, and secular.

So if you are an LGBTQ Afghan American (or an LGBTQ Afghan in a different part of the world) who can travel to the retreat in the United States, please get in touch with me so I can include you in the planning for this monumental event.

Thank you and much love.
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DonaldTrump, welcome to your everyday...We aren't going to go away. #WomensMarch
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Gay Times (GT), the lifestyle magazine for gay and bisexual men featuring the hottest guys, provocative features, and the biggest stars in the planet, has published an exclusive about my story being forced out of my home country because of my sexuality. The article titled “The Pride of Afghanistan” can be found in the February 2017 issue of GT, which is available at Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, WH Smith, Prowler, Expectations, and all good newsagents across the United Kingdom. GT can also be downloaded digitally or delivered globally in print to your home. Get your copy today.
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Never underestimate the power of one person's dream to lift millions out of despair. Happy Birthday Dr. King. #MLKDay #MLKday2017
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You must be this Gay to enjoy life!
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This is what an ex-Muslim gay secularist Santa Claus looks like. Wishing you all a festive holiday season. #MerryChristmas #HappyHanukkah #HappyKwanzaa #YaldaMubarak 
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Nemat Sadat is your access to the world. My pioneering coming out in August 2013 as the first gay person originally from Afghanistan awakened an LGBTI movement in my homeland and crushed the taboos on homosexuality. My story has been featured in Guardian Magazine, El Mundo, Voice of America Dari, among others. I've appeared on segments of Huff Post Live and have worked at ABC News, CNN, and the UN. I'm an alum of CSU Fullerton, UC Irvine, Harvard, Columbia and Oxford. I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1979 and moved to southern California in 1984. I live in New York City and working on my first novel.
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  • American University of Afghanistan
    Professor of Political Science, 2012 - 2013
    Taught courses in International Relations, International Political Economy, and History of Afghanistna
  • American Broadcasting Company
    Production Assistant, 2011 - 2011
    Worked on Nightline Show. Assisted producers and anchors with production needs
  • CNN
    Production Intern, 2010 - 2010
    Worked on the Fareed Zakaria Show. Assisted producers with logging and video research and monitored website content.
  • United Nations Chronicle
    Editorial Intern, 2009 - 2009
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