Rahim shares his experience as a queer, racialized individual immersed in psychotherapy work. He voices the importance of realizing that microaggressions are mainly unconscious. He conveys to white people who are anti-racist to get to know people of colour through genuine interactions and think about their own biases. To people of colour, to explore our own internalized racism and grieve the roots of where we come from.
Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker in Ontario who works as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, public speaker, sessional lecturer, and writer. He began working in the HIV/AIDS sector in 2008 and dedicated over a decade to LGBTQ Muslim community organizing. He was welcomed as an International Visiting Scholar with the South African College for Applied Psychology (SACAP) for the 2021-2022 academic year and has taught as a lecturer at multiple colleges and universities in Canada. He's also an appointed Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto for his contributions to the field of sexuality and he hosts a video podcast called The CBT Dive. He was a co-editor of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (2017), published by Coach House Press; and he currently has three books under contract with Thornapple Press, Blue Cactus Press, and University of Regina Press.