Listen to hear Maryam’s tragic story of being kicked out and made homeless for being queer and yet still trying to repair the important family ties she has.

Queer Muslim Sex Worker changed hearts and minds in early 2017 when it was first released.

Now, National Student Pride are revisiting the story and sits down with the documentary producer for their new and improved podcast.

Season 2 of the National Student Pride podcast see’s it receive a colourful rebrand and a jazzy new name - #QueerAF.

Presented by Jamie Wareham and Charlie Ann-Mathers, they sat down with Amy Ashenden to discuss what went in to making the podcast, and what she learned from producing it.

Amy’s documentary follows Maryam, a young queer Londoner who doesn’t identify with traditional gender norms. But she is also from an immigrant Pakistani family.

Amy explained the concept originally came just from sitting down with Maryam, who was already a friend of hers, to discuss her intersectionality.

One scene in the original Queer Muslim Sex Worker documentary saw Maryam talk about a bizarre experience with a client. He wanted her to buy her tights and requested she wear a pair for a few days.

However, he insisted she did not wear them to the Mosque because: ‘Even he has his own boundaries’.

Maryam reflected that, though it was ‘a little hypocritical of me to say – if you’re a firm believer in Islam you don’t drop that to jerk off to a girl.’

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or search ‘#QueerAF by National Student Pride’ in your podcast app.

The podcast aims to continue National Student Pride’s mantra of encouraging conversations on the topics that matter. This episode of #QueerAF is sponsored by UK Power Networks.


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‘I didn’t choose it because it’s a crazy title. But it does play into the fact that people only see those labels. This podcast is about listening to a young person tell her story – in her own words.’

‘I don’t want to play up the drama because it’s her real life, but if I experienced that I would have been traumatized’

‘I guess sex work is like any other type of work really’

‘People have told me they’ve listened to that part of the documentary and cried.’

‘That actual conversation I was just blown away by how brave she is.’

‘A little hypocritical of me to say but, if you’re a firm believer in Islam – you don’t drop that to jerk off to a girl.’