Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British Iraqi-Egyptian screenwriter, author and drag performer living in Los Angeles. Their book, “Life as a Unicorn,” was published by Harper Collins in both the U.K. and the U.S., and won the Somerset Maugham Award and Polari Prize. Their episode for Apple’s Little America was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 10 best episodes of television in 2020, and they are currently writing on a greenlit series for Showtime. Upcoming projects include the Universal Television adaptation of their book and their first feature as writer/director, “Layla,” with Film4.
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Now I was raised in Bahrain and Dubai, and I know firsthand the difficulty of being a queer person living in an Arab country that treats my very existence as criminal. And I’m not writing this under the false pretense that Arab nations present a queer utopic offering. What is hard to stomach, however, is the way in which Arab countries are denigrated as barbaric by Western political parties, all while they legislate against LGBTQ+ people in similarly oppressive ways.