alQawsThe Last Ten | Since forming ten years ago, alQaws has emerged as the leading grassroots Palestinian LGBT/queer-led movement supporting individuals, building up communities, and transforming society across divisions—colonial, cultural, social, economic, etc.
Our work began in Jerusalem with a handful of activists seeking space to gather and with a vision for a society that embraces gender and sexual diversity. It has grown to include centralized hubs of work and spaces in 4 cities (and expanding), and programs and projects that reach LGBTQ individuals, youth, and communities, as well teachers, families, mental health professionals, musicians, journalists, civil society organizations, and more.
Celebrating Ten | Today, alQaws is Palestinian society’s largest and most influential organization working on LGBTQ and broader sexual and gender diversity issues. Our strategies for social change emerge from local LGBT/queer needs and experiences, and our programs are locally relevant. We work across four interlinked areas:
Counseling & Services: with our alKhat National Listening and Information hotline, TransFocus program and advocacy amongst mental health professionals.
Communities & Outreach: with youth groups, community spaces, outreach programs, and leadership and capacity building.
Training & Advocacy: with trainings, advocacy with civil society organizations, high schools, professional networks, and families,
Culture & Media: with social media campaigns, youth-oriented comics and music.
The Next Ten | As we move forward into the next decade, we are committed to increasing our outreach to LGBT/queer Palestinian communities in more remote areas (outside the hubs we have established and thrived in), and increasing our visibility across our society to grow an even larger and more impactful movement.
2. Sustain Your Support
Celebrate 10 years with a pledge $10 or more per month. Your ongoing support is so important to us that choosing the monthly option at any level means that you receive all the benefits for all levels!
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We value our connections to others above all else–friends, family, and social and professional networks drive the success of our work and keep us motivated in the face of hardship. Amplify what you can give and help us grow our network of support by sharing this campaign amongst your connections. Do you have 10 friends who can give $10? Do you have 10 friends who might together match your support of $500? Think of possibilities within your reach–let’s show the power of the crowd to support a queer Palestinian movement! (offer an extra reward/recognition for people who let you know they got ten friends to support?