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Screening of Gayrabia

Date(s) - 02/24/2021
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Hidayah LGBTQI+


About this Event

About Gayrabia

In September 2007, during his visit to Columbia University in New York City, Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to participate in a debate to address the United Nations General Assembly. It was then when he famously stated “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals. In Iran, we don’t have this phenomenon. I don’t know who has told you we have it”. Although the statement was met with sarcastic laughter from the audiences, it goes deeper than being only a bigoted assumption. It solely implies the nonexistence of a group of people and if you don’t exist, you cannot claim any rights.

Gayrabia comes to challenge this political fabrication and give voice to the unrepresented LGBTQ+ minority in the Arabic region in particular, and in the wider Islamic Middle East in general. The short film aims to raise awareness and correct stereotypes associated with Islam as a homophobic religion. It also attempts to remind LGBTQ+ people around the world that the riots which took place in Stonewall bar in New York City 50 years ago, haven’t yet achieved its full potential.

Trigger Warning: Please be aware that some viewers may find scenes in the documentary disturbing.

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