LGBT-friendly group homes exist in an unusual paradox. A last resort for foster children neglected by their families and the child welfare system, they are also a rare safe space where LGBT adolescents are surrounded by their peers.
Feeling the crunch of the economic downturn Muslims in New York have been reluctant to spend, even on the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty.
Qurbani is a ritual sacrifice of livestock during the festival of Eid al-Adha. Unable to perform the ritual at home, some trek to suburban slaughterhouses. Others arrange the whole thing online.
Many members of the insular community of Little Pakistan cannot understand English. At midterm election polling stations, there was a distinct lack of Urdu-speaking translators.
Among the crowds, African-American policewomen wearing Muslim headscarves mingled with Indonesian teenagers in traditional batik printed shirts. From schoolteachers to city officials and homemakers, “unity” was the word on everyone’s lips.