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

Mr. Gay Syria

Language: Engels

WHEN & WHERE?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 21:15
Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal

With moderator and journalist Linda Polman we will talk to activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about Mahmoud’s activism for Syrian LGBT’s.

With moderator and journalist Linda Polman we will talk to activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about Mahmoud’s activism for Syrian LGBT’s. He has been supporting this group for many years and currently lives in Berlin.

‘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.