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Ibrahim Willeke 32 year’s old, gay activist arrived Germany end 2015 after he survived been thrown from the third floor because he is Gay. In 2016, he founded SOFRA Cologne, the first LGBTIQ self-organized group from and for LGBTIQ BPOC refugees. He granted Subsidiary protection in 2017; as well, he received the first official task for documenting cases of violence against LGBTIQ refugees in NRW. Now Ibrahim Mokdad fight for the visibility of LGBTIQ BPOC refugees and immigrants and his aims to found the first official organization for LGBT BPOC refugees and immigrants in NRW.

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Ina Wolf – Coming Soon

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Mostafa Ashour – Coming Soon

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Can – Coming Soon

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I am Akshay Kapadia, an immigrant from India and have been residing in Germany since a year now. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Neurosciences – Experimental Medicine at the Universitätsklinikum Bonn. I pass my free time by reading books, painting and definitely NetFlix and Chill!!

I once attended a SOFRA event in April 2019 and was instantly drawn to the work and efforts put together in providing a safe space for LGBTIQ people. “Change starts with you… but doesn’t start until YOU DO”, and thus decided to contribute my tiny bit to it and started to volunteer. The instant embrace from the team made me feel at home.

Working with SOFRA as a volunteer, a team member or as a big family; aids in developing MYSELF as an individual. In the end, the joy of seeing people fearlessly being themselves and acknowledging the support from SOFRA shows a ray of hope towards the evolution of a better world ahead.

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Fadi Almaleke – Coming Soon

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Ahmed – Coming soon

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Hello, my name is Taim , and I like cats. I am originally from Syria, and I came to Germany 3 years ago to pursue my studies. I am currently studying biology and hoping to finish my bachelor’s degree soon. My aim in life is to become a professor; therefore, I plan to go all the way to Ph.D. level in order to achieve that. Currently, I don’t have any hobbies, but I am starting to develop an affection to programming and web design. 

I was introduced to Sofra last year by a fellow volunteer (Akshay), and since then I became a regular attendee of its events (except when I have exams). Before going there, I thought that being a queer person and an Arab are mutually exclusive, but the people in Sofra showed me that it is possible to be queer while still embracing my Middle Eastern heritage. This led me to become a volunteer in order to echo that message and help further spreading it to the queer Arab community.  In addition, I am passionate about bringing light to queer BIPOC issues and creating/providing platforms for queer BIPOC individuals through my voluntary work.  

Thanks a lot for reading through this and remember to wear sunscreen! 

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Nour – Coming Soon