The Author

Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist she's covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Advocate, and her photo project, "Just Me and Allah," has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and The Washington Post. She works with LGBTQIA organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world.

Samra is the founder of Just Me and Allah: A Queer Muslim Photo Project. You can read more about it here

Samra was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to Toronto, Canada with family as a refugee when she was a child. Samra speaks and dreams in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. She was named “a woman you should know” by S magazine and of the “21 LGBT Muslims who are changing the world” by Advocatemagazine

We Have Always Been Here is her first book. It is a national bestseller, won a Lambda Literary Award and was the winner of Canada Reads 2020. 

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