THIS ARAB IS QUEER: A CONVERSATION WITH LGBTQ ARABS
SPEAKERS: ELIAS JAHSHAN AND BIBI BAQER. MODERATOR: RICHARD NEDJAT-HAIEM
Thursday, January 26 | 6:00 PM | MCC Theater
Conversation from 6-7:30 PM. Dance from 8-9 PM
Building on the ground-breaking anthology consisting of memoirs from queer Arab writers, we will discuss heart-warming connections and moments of celebration as well as the challenges of being LGBTQ+ and Arab. Our panelists will represent and discuss a variety of Arab cultural perspectives and LGBTQ+ identities. The conversation will be moderated by UCSB graduate student Richard Nedjat-Haiem, and panelists will include Elias Jahshan, Palestinian/Lebanese-Australian editor of This Arab is Queer, and Bibi Alabdullah, a Kuwaiti trans woman and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, among other panelist(s). Following the panel and Arab fare, join us for a medley of dance performances from around the Arab world including Egyptian, Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Levantine styles.