February 11, 2011, 3:00pm
Two Palestinian Queer Activists Panel Discussion
Presenter: Abeer Mansour, Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women; Haneen Maikey, alQaws-for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society
Location: LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Join Abeer Mansour (of Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women) & Haneen Maikey (of alQaws-for Xecual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society) in Philadelphia as part of a groundbreaking tour of 6 US cities:

"After a decade of activism, queer Palestinian groups in Israel and the West Bank 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 way for a relevant and local sexual discourse and a more visible LGBTQ activism."

"How is the Palestinian queer movement similar and different that other LGBTQ movements around the world? What are the questions, challenges, and beliefs that shape the discourse of the Palestinian queer movement? How can the other queer people understand and work with issues of visibility and the notion of "coming out" within the Palestinian context? What are the goals, joys, challenges, strategies and dreams of these groups?"

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

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116475775087317&num_event_invites=0 or http://www.bilerico.com/2011/01/queer_palestinian_activists_to_tour_united_states.php

Middle East Center, English Department, Gender and Sexuality Studies Reading Group (English Department), Penn Women's Center, The Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and The LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania