Maryam Khatoon Molkara (1950-2012) was a Trans rights activist in Iran. Assigned male at birth, Maryam suffered discrimination from both her family and society at large throughout her life, including being institutionalized and injected against her will with male hormones. She was a devout Muslim, and in order to have gender affirmation surgery, she needed the blessing of an ayatolla (Muslim leader). She went to the Ayatollah Khomeni in Tehran to ask for that blessing. In order to attract as little attention as possible, she dressed in men’s clothing for the visit, but the ayatolla’s bodyguards beat her up, before his brother intervened on her behalf. She plead her case to the Ayatolla, and he gave his blessing via a fatwa (declaration), so she was able to have surgery reaffirming her gender. She campaigned for the rights of Trans individuals throughout the remainder of her life.
Affirmed is our colorway honoring Maryam Khatoon Molkara. It used to be called Love, Loyalty, and Innocence.
We are showcasing Shannon’s Ananke pattern, made up in one skein of Affirmed in Sock, today. Her kiddo Astrid again expertly modeled the pattern. 😉
You can find all of our in-stock True Colors yarn on our website.