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Hey, you look like someone who's attempting to build community and discover a shared history with your LGBTQIA+ peers. Why don't you pull up a chair? Join us at City Point for our monthly reading of a gay non-fiction offering. No quizzes, no grades; anyone and everyone can participate however they please. I'll be here and queer if you need me!
This month we'll discuss Sa'ed Atshan's exploration of intersectional identities and freedom struggles, Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique.
From Ramallah to New York, Tel Aviv to Porto Alegre, people around the world celebrate a formidable, transnational Palestinian LGBTQ social movement. Solidarity with Palestinians has become a salient domain of global queer politics. Yet LGBTQ Palestinians, even as they fight patriarchy and imperialism, are themselves subjected to an "empire of critique" from Israeli and Palestinian institutions, Western academics, journalists and filmmakers, and even fellow activists. Such global criticism has limited growth and led to an emphasis within the movement on anti-imperialism over the struggle against homophobia.
With this book, Sa'ed Atshan asks how transnational progressive social movements can balance struggles for liberation along more than one axis. He explores critical junctures in the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism, revealing the queer Palestinian spirit of agency, defiance, and creativity, in the face of daunting pressures and forces working to constrict it. Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique explores the necessity of connecting the struggles for Palestinian freedom with the struggle against homophobia.
Reserve your place with a $5 voucher, redeemable on the night of the book club meeting on any product in store.