23 October, 2022

London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre

LGBTQ+ Arab writers from the anthology This Arab Is Queer gather for an evening of literature and conversation, including journalist Elias Jahshan and author Saleem Haddad.

This Arab is Queer is a collection of 18 short memoirs and essays.

Telling their truths with integrity, wisdom and wit, LGBTQ+ Arabs share their realities of what it is like to love freely in a place called home.

These personal stories come from across the Middle East, the diaspora and from the most unlikely of places: living incognito in Saudi Arabia; the Libyan desert during conscripted military service; making it happen as an exile in Manhattan.

They also come from the heart – from a concert in Cairo where the rainbow flag was raised to a crowd of thousands, and from whispers between lovers, caught between the bedsheets.

Contributors range from novelists to those forced to use a pseudonym for their own safety.

Here, for the first time, queer Arabs show us the view from where they stand, opening a window into a bigger, brighter world.

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