March 2, 2007
'Threat Level: Lavender' Series event: Queer in the
Middle East, a Public Conversation
Prominent Human Rights & LGBT Activists speak out Tuesday, March 27

What: "Queer in the Middle East, a Public Conversation"
Suha Dabbouseh
of Amnesty International and Al-Fatiha, Jessica Stern of Human Rights Watch, Maher Sabry who was a filmmaker in Egypt and left in the wake of the Cairo-52 incident in 2001, and a representative of the Palestinian Gay Women's organization ASWAT
Where: The San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street at Grove Street, San Francisco [MAP]
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Cost: Free

San Francisco, CA – 2 March 2007 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) in conjunction with the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library have announced the second installment in their new series, Threat Level: Lavender, which brings nationally renowned LGBT writers, speakers, and artists to the Bay Area to discuss issues of critical importance to the LGBT community.

After a rousing success with the first event in the series, the Hormel Center and the Pride Celebration Committee have put together an exciting and timely event in the Threat Level: Lavender series the topic for which is "Queer in the Middle East," co-sponsored by Amnesty International.

Suha Dabbouseh, Membership Field Organizer from Amnesty International and a Board Member of the LGBT Muslim organization Al-Fatiha, will be moderating the panel. Suha will be appearing with Jessica Stern from the internationally renowned human rights organization Human Rights Watch. Maher Sabry, an Egyptian filmmaker who left Egypt in the wake of the Cairo-52 incident on May 11, 2001, will also be appearing as a speaker along with a representative from the Palestinian gay women's organization ASWAT to provide their perspectives on the situation for LGBT people living in the Middle East, from the execution of LGBT minors in Iran and the reality for LGBT people in Egypt to the deteriorating situation for gay Iraqis in the war zone and the complex situation for queer women and trans men organizing for their rights while living under occupation in Palestine.

The "Queer in the Middle East" event will take place on the heels of the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq. The timeliness of the discussion is further underscored by the recent Human Rights Report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) released January 16 of this year in which for the first time in the history of the UN, the issue of sexuality in Iraq is mentioned in a public report.

About the 'Threat Level: Lavender' Series
Threat Level: Lavender is a quarterly series that seeks to discuss politically important topics that are of concern to queer communities, especially those issues that may not generally be at the forefront of the national LGBT movement. Threat Level: Lavender seeks to explore the intersections of issues like race, class, immigration, war, and economics with issues like gender, sex, and sexuality.

Threat Level: Lavender is the result of a collaborative effort between the SFLGBTPCC and the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC)
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee ( is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local not-for-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade
This year marks the 37th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is “Pride Not Prejudice” and the event will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2007. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT event in the nation. For more information please visit our website at:

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Lindsey Jones
Office (415) 864-0831
Cell (415) 596-8780

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 Fax (415) 864-5889