R Conrad

Palestinian Queer Activists to Tour United States

Filed By R Conrad | January 10, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Israel, Palestine, QuAIA

In February a small group of Palestinian queer activists from from alQaws and Aswat will be touring the United States, hosting a series of community dialogs moderated by local queer activists in the hosting cities. This exciting announcement comes on the heels of the recently released Gaza Youth Manifesto for Change, the Guardian's report of Israel's pink-washing campaign, and this summer's censorship of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid at Toronto Pride.


Full events listing after the jump....

Attached is a little context from the tour's facebook page for folks who have no sense of what is going on with Palestinian queers in the Middle East:

Queer Palestinian groups began to emerge in Israel and the West Bank as early as 2001. After a decade of activism, we aspire to lead a new queer movement that is integral to the Palestinian society, a movement that interlinks and intersects with other social and political struggles and communities. We hope to pave the road way for a relevant and local sexual discourse and a more visible LGBTQ activism.

Saturday, February 5th - Minneapolis, 3-4:30.
Creating Change Conference (sponsored by the National LGBT Task Force)- afternoon Town Meeting "Palestinian Queers/US Queers: What is Our Relationship?" at The Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South.

Moderated by Sarah Schulman, author of 16 books on LGBT and AIDS subjects and US Tour Coordinator.

Sunday, February 6, Chicago 2 - 4pm.
Jane Addams-Hull House Museum 800 South Halsted Street, on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Moderated by Lynette Jackson, a queer, feminist and human rights activist and professor of African History and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

February 8th, Cambridge, Mass, 6:30 pm. Harvard Kennedy School (Sponsored by the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights
Policy) Starr Auditorium, 4th floor, Belfer Building, corner JFK and Elliot Streets.

Moderated by Afsaneh Najmabadi, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

February 10th- New York City, 7 pm.
City University Graduate Center (Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) 34th Street and 5th Avenue, 9th Floor Skylight room.

Moderated by Katherine Acey, founding Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation and queer Arab activist.

February 11th- Philadelphia, 3 pm.
University of Pennsylvania, LGBT Center 3907 Spruce Street.

Moderated by Heather Love, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Amy Kaplan, Edward W. Kane Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

February 15th, San Francisco, 7pm-9pm
Mission High Auditorium
3750 18th Street at Dolores (Parking Available)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Sponsored by the Arab Resource and Organizing Centerr

February 16th, Oakland, 7pm-9pm
Pro Arts at Oakland Art Gallery
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 (Accessible off Broadway)
Sponsored by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Afterparty 9:30pm? at 2022
2022 Telegraph Ave (between 20th St & 21st St)
Oakland, CA 94612
Sponsored by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center

February 18, New York City
Meeting with People Of Color Queer Groups at The Audre Lorde Project, organized by Jasbir Puar.

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Thanks for sharing! It's really too bad they're not coming to the Los Angeles area. :\

Too bad I'm no where near any of those.