The second in an occasional series of forums on cultural and linguistic diversity in the LGBTIQ community.
For hundreds of years people of different faiths, denominations, races and cultures have lived side by side, yet in the recent past this coexistence has been challenged. Across the world we have seen an increasing polarisation around issues of religious, cultural and sexual identity. The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council and Hares & Hyenas present three speakers who have either lived in the Middle East or come from a Middle Eastern background. Mo Elleissy, Hasnain Cyrus and Michael El-Bacha will talk about their personal experiences and their hopes for the future in a panel discussion led by academic and author Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli.
During the night author El-Bacha will read from his recent memoir, Oh My God! Am I Alright?, and talk about his experiences coming out as gay in a Lebanese Christian family.