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Pinkwashing: how governments and corporations exploit queers to justify injustice – a QuAIA event June 20 @ 519 Church St

June 15, 2012

Undoing Borders: Queer Discussions on Im/migration and Criminalization

September 27, 2011

When: Wednesday, 28 September · 6:30pm – 11:30pm

Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street

7:00pm-9:00pm Panel and Discussion
Followed by DJs and Social (9pm-11pm)
DJ DJ Tanner + DJ Essex
5-10$ sliding scale, no one turned away
(Proceeds to support Undoing Border Tour and cover costs)

*the panel/discussion room is accessible, however we regret the bathrooms are not, attendant care will be available
*childcare will be available during the panel, and kids are welcome to dance the night away during the social

We didn’t cross the borders, the borders crossed us!

The bodies of Indigenous people, queer people, migrants, people of colour and the poor have been exploited, governed, labelled and regulated by the Canadian and US states. The state has tried to interfere in our communities, our languages, our families, our love relationships and our ability to seek refuge. But we have seen that if we resist, we can win! No One Is Illegal-Toronto, along with our friends at Queers Against Israeli Apartheid call on queers, trans folks, two-spirted people, people of colour, migrants, workers, students, radicals, and allies to join us for an evening of discussion, reflection and celebration.

This spring, we mobilized to stop the deportation of our friend Alvaro Orozco, who was rejected for refugee status by the Canadian government because he didn’t “look gay enough”. This summer, we fought and struggled against the corporatization of Pride and dropped banners asserting the growing movement of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. We also mobilized together one year after the repression of our communities during the G20 – where we continued to challenge the Toronto Police and stepped up the fight against Rob Ford’s planned austerity cuts to the Toronto Budget.

Tonight, we will share stories and thoughts with HAVOQ (Horizontally Aligned Very Organized Queers) based out of San Francisco – who have been touring across occupied Turtle Island – on their Undoing Borders Tour – after launching their interactive zine “Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto”. This zine is the culmination of over two years of collective work where in people came together to discuss and analyze the relevance of queer identity and migrant justice organizing, the intersections and the contradictions.

QUAIA, No One Is Illegal and friends will join HAVOQ to discuss recent victories, struggles and reflections on the intersections of local queer organizing, anti-colonial and no borders analyses!

The panel will be followed by a couple of DJ sets from Toronto’s own DJ Tanner (Nahed Mansour) and San Franciso’s Essex.


Queers Against Israeli Apartheid drops a massive banner during Toronto Pride

July 3, 2011


At Toronto Pride today, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) dropped a giant banner reading “Support Palestinian Queers–Boycott Israeli Tourism”.

“We’re drawing attention to Israel’s use of LGBT rights as a propaganda tool to justify apartheid policies and the occupation of Palestinian territories,” said QuAIA spokesperson and longtime gay rights activist Tim McCaskell. “We’re saying to queer people, respect yourselves and others. Don’t be used. Don’t pinkwash apartheid. Boycott gay tourism to Israel until it ends its apartheid policies.”

In June of 2010, Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS), a Palestinian queer group with members throughout Israel/Palestine, including the occupied territories, called on queers worldwide to boycott Israel. In March of this year, PQBDS specifically called for a boycott of gay tourism to Israel.

On April 13 of this year, the city manager presented his finding that the term “Israeli apartheid” did not contravene city policy or any Canadian law, and that its use by a participating organization should not be used to defund Pride Toronto. His report was accepted unanimously by city council. Exonerated by the report,on April 15, QuAIA told Rob Ford and Giorgio Mammoliti to find another pretext for their homophobic attacks on Pride. QuAIA committed to not marching in the 2011 Pride parade, but to engage in other activities during Pride Week. In the leadup to Pride, QuAIA hosted two events with renowned Jewish lesbian activist Sarah Schulman, and held a screening of queer films on Palestine. In previous years, QuAIA has fielded the largest contingent in the Pride parade, including a who’s who of queer activists and leaders of all generations.


Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Presents: an evening of political dialogue, performance and dancing

June 15, 2011

Wed June 22 Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W

Legendary dyke activist Sarah Schulman will give a public talk followed by conversation with Trish Salah, spoken word performance by Areen, and a preview of Mike Hoolboom‘s film-in-progress, Lacan Palestine

8-10pm (pwyc)

live performances by SoliRose, Wolf J, Light Fires, and Lady Gefilte & Miss Fluffy Souffle, followed by a night of dancing to the sounds of Casey Mecija (DJ Masarap/ of Ohbijou) and Anni Spadafora (DJ Mama Knows/of GET IT| GOT IT | GOOD) and an interactive projection installation from

10-2am ($10 suggested)

ASL Interpretation available upon request. Please contact by Thursday June 16.

This Event is Wheelchair Accessible


Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, journalist and activist. A co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers, which organized the first Dyke March, and of MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, she was a member of ACT UP and a principal historian of the AIDS movement. In 2010, at the request of Palestinian and Israeli academics, Sarah joined the “Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions” campaign and declined an invitation by Tel Aviv University. Instead, she went on a solidarity visit to Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Haifa, and later arranged a US tour for Palestinian queer activists. Sarah is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Trish Salah is a Toronto-based writer and activist, and a research fellow at Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She has been active in organizing around a range of issues, including Palestinian solidarity, sex workers’ rights, anti-racism and anti-capitalism, employment security and healthcare for transsexual and transgender people. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR Books in 2002. Her new manuscript, “Lyric Sexology,” is near completion.

Mike Hoolboom’s experimental films and videos have appeared in over 400 international festivals and have garnered 30 awards. His films Frank’s Cock and Letters from Home, based on Vito Russo’s AIDS manifesto, both won best short film at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of The Plague Years and The Steve Machine, and has edited several books on Canadian media art.



June 15, 2011

An Evening with acclaimed lesbian novelist, playwright, and activist Sarah Schulman in conversation with Now Magazine’s Books and Entertainment Editor, Susan G. Cole.

Sarah Schulman, is co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers, the organizers of the first Dyke March, and of MIX NYC, New York’s Queer Experimental Film Festival. A member of ACT UP and a principal historian of the AIDS movement, she is also an acclaimed novelist playwright and activist.

Susan G. Cole, writes for Now Magazine in Toronto, and is also a playwright and author. Together they will engage in a conversation about Schulman’s writing and activism in the Queer community over the last thirty years.

The conversation will focus on how ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was effective in forcing governments and societies to change their views and responses to AIDS, and what contemporary activists can learn from this experience about how to be effective and build movements today.

As Co-director of the ACT UP ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Schulman will also show a short sneak preview of Jim Hubbard’s new feature film, UNITED IN ANGER:A History of ACT UP which will have its world premiere Winter 2012.

Where: Bell Lightbox Theatre, 350 King Street West

When: Thursday June 23, 2011, 9:00 pm

Cost: Pay what you can
Co-sponsors: AIDS ACTION NOW!, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange, Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Toronto People With AIDS Foundation


QuAIA presents: CAMPING: Queer Digital Activism for Palestine

June 1, 2011

Thurs June 16 7pm
Beit Zatoun 612 Markham

Panel/screening featuring bh Yael, Elle Flanders, Cathy Gulkin, Alexis Mitchell, John Greyson moderated by Richard Fung

followed by

World Premiere of Alexis Mitchell’s CAMP, a 3-part video essay exploring the queer secrets that can haunt the subject of Israel/Palestine.


With love, from QuAIA: a video deputation to Toronto City Hall

May 25, 2011

QuAIA Deputation – Pride 2011 from John Greyson on Vimeo.