Georgia’s first ‘queer Muslim person’ to be elected ‘openly showing’ off ‘nonmonogamous’ relationship

For some reason, “too much information” is not something woke Democrats concern themselves with, as evidenced by Atlanta City Council member Liliana Bakhtiari, who, as the “first queer Muslim person” elected in Georgia, proudly announced a year after her election that she’s in a nonmonogamous relationship with two other people, and they dream of creating a “queer commune.”

Bakhtiari, 34, sat down with NBC News, lovers Kris Brown and Sarah Al-Khayyal flanking her, and noted that all too often a story like theirs is seen as a “scandal.”

“But we’re openly showing it and proud of it,” Bakhtiari stated. “It should be destigmatized. It’s a very valid familial structure that people should embrace.”

Because nothing says “family structure” like three biological women living and sleeping together and, should the urge arise, with anyone else they want.

Al-Khayyal, who met Bakhtiari in the fall of 2020 in a virtual nonmonogamy support group, is philosophical about her life choices.

“For me, practicing nonmonogamy is a part of this greater unlearning and deprogramming of societal conditioning,” she said. “Nonmonogamy for me doesn’t have to be having multiple partners. It’s also breaking down the platonic-romantic binary and being able to have these relationships that kind of exist in that gray area.”

After meeting Brown, the trio began dating each other, just as Bakhtiari, whom NBC notes uses “they and she pronouns,” was launching “their” second bid for a seat on the City Council. She also ran in 2017 but failed to get elected.

Bakhtiari kept her relationships out of the press, NBC reports, “for the sake of their professional future.”

Getting ahead of any potential backlash, Brown is already pointing fingers at Bakhtiari’s political opponents.

“This is the sort of thing that a political opponent or someone who has some ax to grind might pick up on and twist around and turn into something negative, and we want to claim it upfront, and say this is the best thing about our life,” Brown, whose pronouns are unclear, said.

For the trio, “nonmonogamy” is more of an umbrella term and they like it better than “polyamorous” because it’s more fluid.

“There are many more ways to be nonmonogamous than there are ways to be polyamorous, and we invite and enjoy the fluidity of the term nonmonogamy,” Brown said.

If becoming a council member was important enough for “they” to keep quiet about the private arrangement in the past, Bakhtiari is no longer worried about what voters think.

“If people don’t want to re-elect me because I’m in love with two wonderful people and in a happy and healthy relationship that is possibly the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, then I’m good,” Bakhtiari said, adding, “I’ll just keep offending people from the sidelines.”

The Organization for Polyamory & Ethical Non-monogamy, or “OPEN,” was quick to praise Bakhtiari. The non-profit group works to “normalize and empower ethical non-monogamous relationships and communities for a more open and loving world.”

“Representation matters!” the group cheered.

Over on the conservative side of Twitter, one user attempted to see the positive side of the story.

“She’s in a country where she won’t be thrown off a tall building for being queer,” the user tweeted. “There’s that.”

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