Event: Feminist Giant & The Strand Present: This Arab is Queer
Thursday October 20 07:00PM-08:00PM ET
This event is co-presented with The Strand.
Join us for an in-person event with Palestinian-Lebanese-Australian journalist and writer Elias Jahshan for the release of his new anthology This Arab Is Queer: An Anthology by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers. Joining Elias in conversation is author and founder of Feminist Giant Mona Eltahawy. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
Can’t make the event? Purchase a signed copy of This Arab Is Queer here.
STRAND IN-PERSON EVENT COVID-19 POLICY:
In-person events will be presented to a fully vaccinated and masked audience. All patrons over the age of five will be required to show proof* of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.
*Proof of vaccination will be defined as either an original vaccination card, Excelsior Pass or its equivalent. We will be checking to ensure compliance with the 14 day waiting period post-vaccination.
Registration will be required online. No tickets for entry will be sold at the door.
This ground-breaking anthology features the compelling and courageous memoirs of eighteen queer Arab writers – some internationally bestselling, others using pseudonyms. Here, we find heart-warming connections and moments of celebration alongside essays exploring the challenges of being LGBTQ+ and Arab.
From a military base in the Gulf to loving whispers caught between the bedsheets; and from touring overseas as a drag queen to a concert in Cairo where the rainbow flag was raised to a crowd of thousands, this collection celebrates the true colors of a vibrant Arab queer experience.
Read an excerpt of my essay The Decade of Saying All That I Could Not Say.
Feminist Giant is a free, reader-supported newsletter that provides weekly essays by Mona Eltahawy and weekly Global Roundups of feminist resistance curated by contributor Samiha Hossain and Inaara Merani.
Elias Jahshan (he/him) is a Palestinian-Lebanese-Australian journalist and writer, and the Editor of This Arab Is Queer (Saqi; 2022). He is a former editor of Star Observer, Australia’s longest-running LGBTQ+ media outlet, and his short memoir ‘Coming Out Palestinian’ was anthologised in Arab Australian Other: Stories on Race and Identity (Picador; 2019). He has written freelance for outlets including The Guardian, SBS Voices, and My Kali and is currently the social media editor at The New Arab. Born and raised in Sydney, he now lives in London.
Mona Eltahawy is founder and editor-in-chief of the newsletter FEMINIST GIANT. She is a public speaker on global feminism and is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015), which targeted patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa and The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls (2019), which took her disruption to patriarchy worldwide.