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Episode 109 [in English]: Rainbow Street

We talked to Rainbow Street Co-Founder & Executive Director Kevin Steen! Rainbow Street is an international protection organization for LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa.  It partners with local organizers to provide shelter and other resources for queer people in need.  During this episode, we discussed what led to the founding of this organization, the roles of Rainbow Street in its various locations, what the word “activist” can mean, and more.  Check out the website here!

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Episode 108 [in English]: alQaws!

We were thrilled to be joined by Haneen Maikey and Izzy Mustafa from alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society! We discussed building a politically queer grassroots movement in Palestine, connecting to queer Palestinians in diaspora, confronting Pinkwashing (a tactic of normalizing Israeli hegemony through images of queer-friendliness) both internationally and within Palestinian society, and the place of artistic expression in this movement.

Be sure to check out alQaws’s website to learn more about their history and ongoing projects. Stay tuned for another episode with alQaws in Arabic, coming soon!