PHILADELPHIA, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The international
focus of Equality Forum 2008 is Gays and Lesbians in the Muslim World.
Equality Forum presents the largest annual national and international GLBT
civil rights forum. Equality Forum 2008 (April 28-May 4) in Philadelphia
has 34 panels, 14 parties and 15 special events.
On April 3, 2008, Equality Forum called on Presidential candidates
Clinton, McCain and Obama to contact British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to
revoke the deportation orders of gays and lesbians in the UK to Iran. There
are no fewer than 12 gay and lesbian Iranians living in the UK who are at
risk of deportation including 19-year-old Iranian Mehdi Kazemi, and Pegah
Emambakhsh, a 40-year-old lesbian whose partner in Iran was arrested,
tortured, and stoned to death. Kazemi's boyfriend, Parham, who was the same
age as Kazemi, was arrested, tortured, and executed for being gay by the
Islamic Republic of Iran.
Equality Forum 2008 presents three programs, which explore the unique
challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens in
Gays and Lesbians in the Muslim World will be held on Thursday evening,
May 1 at the Prince Music Theatre. Panelists include:
Michael Luongo, (moderator) author of Gay Travels in the Muslim World and
freelance contributor to The New York Times, Out Traveler and Gay City
News. Luongo has interviewed gay men in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other
El-Farouk Khaki, founder of Salaam, the world's first queer Muslim group.
Khaki is a cofounder and Secretary-General of the Canadian Muslim Nation.
Arsham Parsi., a founding member of IRQO (Iranian Queer Organization).
Parsi works for the advancement of gay and lesbian civil rights.
John Scagliotti, an award-winning filmmaker and TV producer. Scagliotti
directed Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Muslim World, a documentary
film on the GLBT human rights struggles.
Parvez Sharma, director of "A Jihad for Love," a documentary film on gay,
lesbian and transgender Muslims.
A Jihad for Love, the Philadelphia premiere of the critically-acclaimed
documentary film, on Friday evening, May 2 at the Prince Music Theatre,
followed by Q & A with director Parvez Sharma and producer Sandi DuBowski.
A Conversation with Irshad Manji on Sunday afternoon, May 4 at the
National Constitution Center. Manji is the best-selling author of The
Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. The
Jakarta Post in Indonesia calls Manji one of three women making a
difference in Islam today. Anne Stockwell, Editor in Chief, The Advocate,
will facilitate the conversation.
There is no registration fee for Equality Forum 2008 and all
substantive programs are free. For detailed information about all Equality
Forum 2008 programs, visit http://www.equalityforum.com/2008.
Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights
organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT
History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high impact
initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international
GLBT civil rights forum. http://www.equalityforum.com
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