Naushaba is a queer genderfluid Pakistani Muslim migrant born and raised in Karachi, with a passion for self-designed hybrid Pakistani-American style outfits! They have backpacked 20+ countries and love walking around in random towns for hours, making funny faces at kids on the street and finding joyful connections and shared humanity in encounters with people from all backgrounds. They have been a sex educator for several years and are passionate about facilitating workshops on sexual justice, exploring how structural systems influence how we experience our genders and sexualities. Outside of SONG, they co-lead a Queer Muslim group, co-host at a Queer radio station and have worked at Houston’s LGBT Community Center for several years to improve health access and agency for QTPOC communities. Academically, they hold a Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology with a Certificate in Global Health from Columbia University, along with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Rice University.
They’re extremely passionate about dialogues around disability justice, healing sexual violence through pleasure and reclaiming agency, resilience of poor and working class communities of color, and shifting intergenerational trauma in communities through transformative justice and healing work. Friends would describe them best as being obsessed with blowing bubbles in parks with loved ones and starting intense conversations about structural systems at random hours!