Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle, Portland and Toronto


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Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Pinkwashing Seattle

Dean Spade, the Seattle-based producer of the film Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back, describes Pinkwashing as "A term used by activists to describe an explicit strategy taken up in recent years by the government of Israel to portray Israel as a leader in gay rights and a gay tourism destination as a way to deflect attention away from the extreme violence of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Through a campaign called "Brand Israel," Israel has tried to change its public image, promoting itself as a "modern democracy" - and projecting a "LGBT-friendly" image is just one part of this."

Today we'll hear excerpts from Spade's film, and a discussion afterwards with local Portland-based queer activists and Palestinians.

On the second half of the program, it's Queer Review, featuring a discussion with Tony Souza on the work of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), History of Apartheid, Occupied Palestine, Toronto Pride, Mayor Ford and Pinkwashing.

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