Ten Years of Activism

Queer Palestinian groups began to emerge in as early as 2011. After a decade of activism Palestinian queer groups 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 movements. Paving the road for a relevant and local sexual discourse and more visible LGBTQ activism.

One of the key grassroots organisations working on sexual and gender diversity in the Palestinian community, 'alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society', work to integrate the queer community into various levels of Palestinian society. Realizing that the oppression faced by Palestinian queers is not only result of their gender and sexual identity, but a result of being Palestinians, alQaws strives to cave out a space for the queer community in the shadow of oppression and occupation. alQaws belives that in addressing the pressing needs of their fledgling communities, dynamic and visible community groups should lead the desired social changes.

The lecture will present the queer struggle in Palestinian through the boader historical and political context. It explains the formation of a Palestinian queer movement, wich evolved throughout different and major historical events in the political sphare of the region. The lecture proposes an understanding about the nature of the queer activism in Palestine, its accomplishments and changes through the last decade and will introduce the current discourse of homonationalism and Pinkwashing in Israel from the perspective of marginalized Palestinian queers.

Haneen Maikey is a Palestinian actvist. She's the Director of alQaws for Sexual and Gender Divrsity in Palestinian Society. Maikey will be in Istanbul to speak about "Queer Politics & the Palestinian Struggle: 10 Years of Activism" at KADAV on November 11, 2011 at 19:00 pm.

KADAV: Kamer Hatun Mah. Hamalbaşı Cad. No.22/9 Beyoğlu / İSTANBUL

For more information about alQaws: www.alqaws.org 

With the support of;

 International Resource Network

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Derneği Türkiye Temsilciliği