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Pinkwashing Exposed! St. Louis screening

We will be screening Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, directed by Dean Spade.

following the screening will also be a few questions via skype with folks involved in the story in Seattle and queer palestinian solidarity activists

"Pinkwashing" describes marketing and political strategies used by corporations, organizations, and states that promotes and appropriates the language of a cause (LGBTQ rights in this context) in order to mask, normalize, and reinforce oppression (Israeli apartheid and occupation). Discussion to follow afterwards on examples of pinkwashing by other entities and how it plays out locally, pink*watching*, the intersection of LGBTQ and Palestinian community, Islamophobia, and what intersectional, international queer liberation really looks like.

Here's a description from the documentary makers:

"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. Pinkwashing Exposed was made in Seattle, on Duwamish Land.

Dean Spade is a professor, writer and activist. In 2002, he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a collective that provides free legal advice to trans and gender non-conforming people who are low income and/or people of color. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Voices, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.

Earlier Event: January 8
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Later Event: January 9

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