Queer Arabs

we're here, we're queer, we smoke the shi sha

Posting Access:
All Members , Moderated
This is a community for Arabs and non-Arab minorities in and/or from Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, regardless of race, religion, country of origin and country of residence.

People who do not fit the above description, but who support the aim of this community are welcome to join and post as well.

Trolls will be banned immediately.

That's Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram in our icon. But knowing who she is, or being a fan of Nancy Ajram is not a condition of membership ;)

Posts don't have to be specifically about Arab or queer issues - feel free to, of course, talk about those things, but feel equally as free to post about whatever else you want.

Other than that - play nice. All the other usual rules apply - please check unpleasant prejudices at the door. Keep extremely long posts under an LJ-cut.

And, lastly, please, do introduce yourself upon joining!

Other communities:


Organizations and Websites

AlgeriGAY - http://www.ffaid.org/algerigay
Al-Qaws (Arabic) - http://www.alqaws.org
AL GAMEA - http://www.algamea.org
Arab Women's Solidarity Association - http://www.awsa.net
Aswat: Palestinian Gay Women - http://www.aswatgroup.org
Bab Al Hourria: Gay Maghrib (in French) - http://beurgay.free.fr
Behind the Mask: Gay and Lesbian Affairs in Africa - http://www.mask.org.za
Bint El Nas - http://www.bintelnas.org
Cafe Trans Arabi - http://www.the-sisterhood.net/transsexualallianceofthekingdomofjordan/id3.html
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society - http://www.glas.org
Gay Lebanon - http://www.gaylebanon.info
Gay Middle East - http://www.gaymiddleeast.com
GayArab.org - http://www.gayarab.org
Helem: Lebanese Protection for LGBTIQs worldwide - http://www.helem.net
Jerusalem Open House - http://www.gay.org.il/joh/eng/home_eng.htm
Kelma: Gay Arabs in France - http://www.kelma.org
LEGAL - Lebanese Equality for Gays and Lesbians - http://legal.20m.com
Middle East Gay Journal - http://www.gaymiddleeast.blogspot.com/
Southwest Asian and North African Queers - http://www.swanaqueers.com/index.htm
The Queer Arabs Blog - http://queerarab.blogspot.com/


Amnesty International - http://www.amnesty.org
Film: Dangerous Living-Coming Out in the Developing World - http://www.afterstonewall.com
Global Gayz - http://www.globalgayz.com
International Gay and Lesbian Association - http://www.ilga.org

Minorities in the Arab World and Other Groups

Iranian Gay and Lesbian Healthcare Providers Association - http://www.iraniangaydoctors.com
Gay Armenia - http://gayarmenia.agla.info
Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society of Los Angeles - http://www.galasla.org
Kurdish Gays – http://www.clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/kurdishgays
Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization - http://www.pglo.org
Queer Somalis - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queersomalis
Trikone: LGBT South Asians - http://www.trikone.org
Arab Jews - http://www.bintjbeil.com/articles/en/021016_arabjews.html


Al-Fatiha Organization - http://www.al-fatiha.net
AXIOS: Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians - http://www.axios.net
Gay Druze - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GayDruze
Huriyah Magazine - http://www.huriyahmag.com
Imaan - http://www.imaan.org.uk
MuslimWakeUp!: Sex & the Umma - http://www.muslimwakeup.com/sex
Queer Jihad - http://www.well.com/user/queerjhd/index.htm
Safra Project - http://www.safraproject.org
Salaam Canada - http://www.salaamcanada.com


Cross-Dressing in Middle Eastern Dance - http://www.shira.net/cross-dress.htm
Film: Garden (2003) - http://www.figfilms.com/garden/index.php
Film: I Exist - http://www.unlearninghomophobia.com/iexist_presskit/IExist.Info.pdf
Film: The Road to Love (2002) - http://www.arabfilm.com/item/275
Book: Food for Our Grandmothers - http://www.southendpress.org/2004/items/FoodFor
Iambic Dream Project (Wael K.: out gay Arab singer and musician) - http://www.iambicdream.com
Juha: queer Palestinian-Hawaiian Hip-hop - http://www.juhamusic.com
Nar: queer Arab hip-hop crew - http://www.myspace.com/hotnar
Sexual Diversity in the Arab World: Books, Films, and More - http://www.al-bab.com/arab/background/gay.htm
Suheir Hammad: Palestinian Spoken Word Artist - http://www.suheirhammad.com
The Poetry of Arab Women - http://www.palestineonlinestore.com/books/poetryofarabwomen.htm
Homosexuality in Egyptian Film - http://www.merip.org/mer/mer206/egyfilm.htm
Film: Can't Think Straight (2007 - to be released) - http://www.afterellen.com/People/2006/7/sarif.html
TV Show (featuring a gay Palestinian HIV+ character): Commander-in-Chief - http://www.aumag.org/coverstory/March06cover.html
Maraia Films - http://maraiafilm.com
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