Coming Out in the Developing World: Insurgent Queer Identities in the Middle East

March 1, 2011
The New School
6 East 16th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1103
New York, NY 10003

This panel aims to understand the factors that have influenced the establishment of an LGBTQI identity in the Muslim Middle East. Focusing on Lebanon, Egypt and Iran, it will explore how physical and social space has been and is being created to accommodate alternative lifestyles. We hope to illuminate the instruments that are mobilized to empower individuals and establish LGBTQI communities.

Panelists include:

  • Hossein Alizadeh, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission;
  • Hassan el-Menyawi, scholar and human rights lawyer;
  • Emily Regan Wills, PhD Candidate in Politics, New School for Social Research; Global Studies Teaching Fellow, New School for General Studies.