Interview of Izzy Mustafa

Izzy's family-life intertwines heavily with his oral history and coming out process. The middle child of a Muslim-Palestinian man and Christian-American woman, he talks about the particular ways each parent's family shaped his upbringing and eventually his coming out process. Traveling to Palestine annually, he shares touching moments with his family members there as well as discussing his experiences traveling back for work. Drawn to New York by an appreciation of break dancing culture, he finds encouragement in New York's hustle. Finally, Izzy talks about his concerns regarding passing as a straight dude and a feeling of being outside from Queer community.

Date of Interview:

April 11, 2017

Location of Interview:

Nadia's Apartment

Place of birth:

Albuquerque, New Mexico



Interviewed by

Nadia Awad

Summary by

Kirsten Adorian