In the post, Haddad wrote:
"My heart goes out to the victims of the homophobic attack in Orlando. So here is a photo of three Arab men in drag. Because f--- homophobia and f--- Islamophobia, and f--- the hypocrites who use one to justify the other. You all have blood on your hands. And if this photo offends you, you have blood on your hands too."
Eman was surprised to learn that her photo had gone viral, and according to a post she wrote on Instagram, she wants people to know that the photo wasn't staged. "This is a photo of my beautiful friends that I took on Saturday night expressing themselves openly and freely," she said.
In the aftermath of the shooting, leaders in the LGBT community have taken to social media to call for unity, urging people to refrain from Islamophobic rhetoric.
Jacob Tobia, an LGBT activist and writer, wrote on Facebook:
It does not matter if the Orlando shooter was Muslim
His identity does not justify islamophobia
Our fear does not justify islamophobia
Our trauma does not justify islamophobia
Our sadness does not justify islamophobia
Our heartbreak does not justify islamophobia
Today, it is our obligation as a queer community to remember that islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia work together.
Today, it is our obligation as queer people to proclaim that the same forces that marginalize queer people in the United States are used to marginalize Muslims.
Today, we need to remember that joy, love, and celebration are still possible; that queer and allied Muslims are an integral part of the queer community.
Today, we must stand together against the wave of prejudice, hatred, and violence sweeping our country.
Last night, just three hours before the attack began, I stopped at the bodega in my neighborhood for some ice cream. The Muslim couple who run the bodega were sitting behind the counter: the husband speaks English, and his wife is still learning. After I made my purchase, the husband translated on behalf of his wife:
"What lipstick are you wearing?" he asked
"It's from Sephora, it's my favorite!" I responded
His wife said something to him in Arabic, the same language that my grandparents spoke when they immigrated to the United States from Syria in the 1950s, the language that I do not speak but wish I could.
He turned to me: "She says that she likes your lipstick. She thinks that you look beautiful!"
Today, we mourn together.
Leaders in the Muslim community have also come out in solidarity with the LGBT community:
"To our straight Muslim allies, we ask you to join us in continuing to build support for LGBTQ people," a statement from Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity read.
The fact the photograph went viral shows how members from the LGBT and Muslim communities around the world are using the Internet to show that they are allies in the fight against bigotry and discrimination.
"The point is being comfortable with who you are and accepting others as they choose to be," Eman said on Facebook. "I don't believe in discriminating one community from the other. It isn't about Arabs, Queers, Blacks, Muslims, Whites etc on different sides living in isolation from each other. Free yourself from labels whatever your faith, sexuality or skin color. We are one global community and the love should spread between us altogether."