Haneen Maikey wednesday 19th October 2011 Queer Politics & the Palestinian Struggle: Ten Years of Activism

A Centre for Cultural Studies and GUCU LGBTQ Society event:
Haneen Maikey, queer Palestinian activist and director of alQaws
 – wednesday 19th October Laurie Grove Council room. 3pm all welcome

Queer Politics & the Palestinian Struggle: Ten Years of Activism

Queer Palestinian groups began to emerge in as early as 2001. 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 a more visible LGBTQ activism.

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

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

About Haneen:
The lecture will be facilitated by Haneen Maikey, a queer Palestinian activist and
the director of alQaws. In late 2001, Haneen worked as the Palestinian Project
Coordinator for Jerusalem Open House, which began Haneen’s involvement in
the Palestinian queer community and instigated long process of self-discovery
and community development. During this period, what began as merely a service-
oriented project under the umbrella of a Jewish-Israeli organization grew into
alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society – the first independent,
grassroots, politically active LGBTQ organization working within Israel and the
Palestinian occupied territories. Since 2008, Haneen has been the director of alQaws.

Haneen is also a co-founder of the political movement of the Palestinian Queers
for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions [PQBDS]. PQBDS is a group of Palestinian
queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who
came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions against Israel .

About alQaws: alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a group
of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Palestinian
activists who work collaboratively to break down gendered and heteronormative
barriers in Palestinian society [www.alqaws.org].

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