US TOUR: Palestinian Queers Talk Politics

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this article from Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society

Dear Friends,

On February 5th, Palestinian queer activists from "alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society" and "Aswat - Palestinian Gay Women" will be touring the US in a series of public conversations. The schedule is listed below and in the attached formal poster. If you will be in Minneapolis, Chicago, Cambridge, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco or Oakland, we hope you will join us for a fascinating and exciting conversation.


Saturday, February 5th, 2011- 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, 7pm-9pm
Mission High Auditorium
3750 18th Street at Dolores (Parking Available)
San Francisco, CA 94114

February 16th, 7pm-9pm
Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 (Accessible off Broadway)

February 16th, Afterparty 9:30pm
2022 Telegraph Ave (between 20th St & 21st St)
Oakland, CA 94612

February 18th, NYC
Meeting with People Of Color Queer Groups at The Audre Lorde Project. Organized by Jasbir Puar.