I am a beautiful Black(arab)/latinx trans man. I have curves, I have a little belly, a big ass and that just makes me fall more in love with myself everyday. Be proud of how you look and be your own goals. There is NO ONE in this world like you. That’s something to be grateful for. ✨
Najma Kousri Labidi launched a social media campaign at the end of 2015 to fight the law in Tunis that criminalizes same sex acts. These photos of same sex couples kissing in public spaces in Tunis went viral and for a good reason cause these pictures are beautiful.
Everything is more beautiful with a bit more queer
Etel Adnan and her partner Simone Fattal are two Arab lesbian artists who have been together for more than four decades. Etel is a poet and painter and Fattal is a sculptor and publisher who have built their lives together around art.
Here’s a little excerpt of how this inspiring couple met from Negar Azimi’s article about Etel’s career and life:
“Beirut in the 1970s was important to Adnan for another reason: It was where she met Simone Fattal. Seventeen years her junior, uncommonly tall and marked by glamorous Sophia Loren cheekbones, Fattal, a painter and sculptor with a rebellious streak who had recently moved back to Beirut from Paris, called Adnan one day to compliment her on one of her editorials. This particular piece meditated upon the tale of a soldier who had escaped certain death by scribbling enigmatic messages in the sand before his captors. The two went out to dinner soon after and, said Fattal recently, “We’ve been having dinner ever since.””
I made this post because of [this] lovely anon. I had a lot of fun talking to you all and thank you to everyone who replied to my msgs and thank you for agreeing to be on this list! I hope you know how amazing and helpful that is for LGBTQAI Muslims who think they are alone. Special thanks to leighcuen & allahmademequeer for sharing the Queer Muslims Masterpost with me xx
wlwoc who almost never get recognized. Middle eastern wlw, North African wlw, Arab wlw, Jewish wlw, Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, lebanese, palestinian, Egyptian, kuwaiti, Sudani, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, turkish, kurdistani, and every other middle eastern-north African country that I haven’t mentioned (and all the countries that aren’t middle eastern or North African but are full of wlwoc who never get recognition).
ya’ll are amazing and don’t deserve the homophobia/transphobia you’re given.
An Arab wlw who wishes there was more representation of us
This list is of queer middle eastern films that include queer arab films
Circumstance (2011) - film explores love and sexual rebellion between two women under the watchful eye of the government and through family dynamics in modern day Iran.
Caramel (2007) - “a beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Follows the love lives of five Lebanese women, one of them is the stylist Rima who does not know how to handle her attraction to a female client.
Mondial 2010 (2014) - “is a film on love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.” In reality Lebanese cannot drive to Ramallah as they are forbidden into Israel and this plays with the significance of a same-sex relationship in the Middle East and what it means to be a queer Middle Eastern.
Lola and Billy the Kid (1999) - “Murat, the youngest son of a conservative Turkish family, is struggling with his sexuality as well as with the demands of his patriarchal older brother. When Murat meets with Lola – his estranged brother who now is a drag queen – and her macho Turkish lover, Billy the Kid, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous new world.
Oriented (2015) - feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv.
Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) - “I will tell you my life story so that no idiot will write my biography the way it suits them,” says legendary gay Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess in this documentary about his life.
A Jihad For Love (2007) - feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. This movie focuses on Islam in multiple regions of the world rather than just the Middle East.
Mixed Kebab (2012) - centers around a TurkisH character and talks about the struggles of being a gay poc in a conservative Muslim household in a western country and having to defy middle eastern expectations of you. Best of all, the ending is a happy one!
I Say Dust (2015) - “Two Arab-American women in New York City fall in love, argue home and identity, engage in a chess battle, and express themselves through the power of the spoken word. 'I Say Dust’ explores poetry in cinema through the story of Hal, a poet belonging to the Palestinian diaspora in NYC, who meets Moun, a free-spirited chess boards sales girl. Their brief love affair challenges their understanding of what makes home.”
Note: There are more LGBT films produced and directed by Israelis but I don’t recommend them. They pinkwash Israel’s violent acts towards Palestinians by diverting your attention and targeting the queer audience, in specific, to claims that Israel supports LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) rights.
The films usually depict a Palestinian struggling with their sexuality and their community’s rejection of their identity and a “free” Israeli that fall in love and Tel Aviv is the safe haven for their love. Basically using representation that Arabs are savage and Israelis are here to free us.
Truth is there is no rainbow bedazzled hole in the Israeli West Bank Wall that allows you a free access to ‘freedom’ if your ass is queer. When they bomb Gaza they are bombing Palestinian including queers one. Besides the fact that they are killing us, this just shows their LGBTQ rights (all their human rights) are just a show to divert your attention and this is effectively done through media including movies. This is why I do not recommend Israeli queer films depicting the Middle East.
This sign was placed on the edge of the main stage at Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival in San Francisco