Gay Palestinians Find Artistic Outlets

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Art and activism come together in Israel, where Palestinian gays are airing their repression-induced grievances through politically-minded performances.

In an effort to carve out a space for themselves, Palestinian drag queens gather every few months at a club in the heart of Tel Aviv to take part in underground shows. These parties offer a rare forum for them to explore complicated and convoluted ideas about sexuality, politics, nationalism, militancy and religion.

They’re forging their identities at the center of what some consider an occupying power. The Palestinian nationalists among them recognize the irony in the fact that Israel has become their sanctuary.

Above you see one such performer, a 26-year old who calls himself “The Bride of Palestine,” who sings liberation songs while dressed in a bloody wedding dress. How edgy!