Mr. Gay Syria: Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino, Mr. Gay Netherlands and producer Ekin Çalışır

Mr. Gay Syria

Language: Engels

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 21:00
Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Q&A with Mr. Gay Netherlands Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen, activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the importance of the Mr. Gay competitions

Journalist and storyteller Alwin Helmink talks with Mr. Gay Netherlands Tom van den Nieuwenhuijzen (alderman in Son en Breugel), activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the importance of Mr Gay compeitions worldwide. Not only for Syrian LGBTQ refugees in Istanbul and Europe, but alsof or LGBTQ’s in the Netherlands.

‘I have been “out” since 2003,’ says Syrian gay rights activist Mahmoud Hassino. ‘I was fortunate to have the support of my mother and close friends. It was always amazing to have that love around me.’ Now, Hassino provides that same love and support in his work for Syrian LGBT refugees. ‘Why do I do this? Because I care.’Mahmoud Hassino is a Syrian journalist, gay rights activist and the founder of Syria’s first gay rights magazine, Mawaleh. Before the civil war started in his country, he became known as a blogger under the pseudonym ‘Syrian Gay Guy’. He fled Syria in 2011, when he no longer felt safe under the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. ‘But not because of my sexuality,’ he says. ‘It was because of my political involvement.’ Read more about Mahmoud Hassino and watch a short clip.