Recent images provided by the Associated Press have revealed receipts from Al-Qaeda depicting recordings penciled in by a ledger with expenses from cakes for less than a dollar, 3,300 bullets for ten dollars a round, travel expenses, and even a hundred dollars-worth of aid to families.
Often, individuals who identify as non-heterosexual are found in the fringes of not only societies, but communities and families as well. They are often over-looked and cast aside as individuals that have a place only in the margins of society, safe in the outer-realms of our comfort zone.
Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.
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