KXB’s news post brings to my attention the passing of Ifti Nasim, an out and outspoken gay Pakistani poet who was based in Chicago. Dustin Nakao-Haider’s short film about Nasim captures a bit of his vibrance and humor, at his work as a radio host, at an interfaith community event where he talked about being Muslim, and ends with the poet reciting his How To “Kill” Your Brother With Kindness (Especially If He Is Homophobe).
> Nasim was a fixture in Chicago’s South Asian community, known for his activism, flamboyant fashion and touching poetry that dealt with themes including homosexuality, politics and his native Pakistan. He immigrated more than three decades ago.
Nasim was a founder of SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian lesbian, gay and transgender organization. His book “Narman” which was believed to be the first book of gay themed poetry to be published in Urdu.
He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.
More: Nar Narman, a short documentary on the life of Nasim, regarded as the Urdu language’s first gay poet of modern times. My First Day in New York, A Tree of Water for Matthew Shepard, A Dead Pedophile, Gerontophilia and How To “Kill” Your Brother With Kindness (Especially If He Is Homophobe), Nasim’s poems posted at the gay bombay forum My Father, a translation of one of his Urdu poems Punjab Explorer interviews Nasim