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A Publishing House for Queer Lit

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See, guys, I have a dream.

It's not an easy one to make true, but if I ever got my shit together, became a published, accomplished author, and I had a shitload of money, I want to create a publishing house for progressive queer literature in Syria, and perhaps if shit went well, open branches in the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.

The House will also be a place where people of all ages can take writing courses, because like I've said in a previous post, writing has enough power to change shit, and I believe that with every fiber of my insignificant being.

Plus, it will hopefully contribute to the LGBTQAP+ movement in the Middle East and North Africa.

Books, words, they can change things, and I want to be part of that change, not merely an observer. I don't want the West's queer to protect us or defend us, I want to protect and defend ourselves.

Damn, such a dream seems childish and far-fetched, but fuck me in the eye with all the conservative imams' and religious lunatics' figurines if I don't want to do this shit.

Do you have any suggestions for a name? Tell me what you think! .

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  • 25-34_f_w_h3_f2
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    Oh wow, what a great idea. But what about regional governments probably shutting stuff like this down? It would have to be very underground. Sometimes beautiful ideas like these are short-lived even if the money and resources are there to set it up, lots of factors to prevent it. If that wasn't a factor, something like this would be revolutionary in the literary and social sense.

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    I did think of some kind of government interference. And while a government can shut such a project down, it can't prevent the publishing of books. And even if it did, the writing and publishing of books will continue. If a problem will arise it will probably be convincing libraries to put queer books on their shelves.

    I'm seriously tired of working underground, 'cause it ain't gonna work unless we're visible to all, as it will factor in more activism than just working in the shadows. Plus, it will prevent people from thinking we're having some kind of gay orgy down there. :P

    Yeah, of course it will be short-lived if the books didn't sell, but I'm also thinking of a translation movement going on, just like in the Abassid era in the House of Wisdom. hahaha, I'm talking big, but who fucking knows?

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  • 17-24_f_b_h1_f2
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    crazy ideas are the best ideas! also i agree about being more visible. underground cant have too much of an impact if we are just preaching amongst each other. education should be free and transparent and open to all. one way to do that is to make this kind of literature or ideas known and accessible to the public. so this is a great idea. and throughout history it has worked even though regimes would burn them down people just kept building and creating and writing more. nothing can stop the flow of ideas.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f4
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    Exactly! You totally get it. Visibility is so fucking important, because things started changing and working forward for America's queers once they rioted at Stonewall and said: "you know what? fuck you."

    And the preaching amongst each other is just like here on Ahwaa. Don't get me wrong, I fucking love the site, but we already know, we already understand, and we want OTHERS to do it, too, and it will only work if we were out there, not ashamed and not afraid and not feeling guilt; but speaking loudly and openly and within a strong community.

    And yes, nothing can stop the flow of ideas.

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  • Yes, it's Crazy, So fucking big, but you know what? Nelson Mandela had a crazy dream once, Bellie Jean King had a big dream once, Keep on going and count me in

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    That's such a great idea! I always wanted to be an LGBT writer but it is frustrating to know that my book will never get accepted because my society is homophobic.

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  • 25-34_f_b_h1_f1
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    You can -as well- start thinking of an online cooperative publishing movement where you can administer the process of publishing your progressive queer literature books/articles/researches. And it doesn't have to have a physical address or location. Instead, it can emerge out of a collective coalition or efforts. Also, you can have online gatherings every now and then or actual gatherings with your team at some other countries. You can likewise search for funding for it as a social change entrepreneurship project. And there might be a rather good number of organizations who are interested in such work.
    I know your determination in not marginalizing activists and activism in Syria, but you'd likewise need to avoid any kind of chauvinist biasing and start looking for whatever you can get of support inside those regions which go through -almost- the same social and cultural battles,as in Syria; don't make it limited.

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    Honestly this is a great idea, you could totally do it! Honestly get some people together, brain storm, create something. Visibility is so important, exposure, there are so many people all over the M.E. that don't even believe LGBTQ+ people exist! We need to normalize our culture into common society.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h1_f1
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    This is exactly what we need here in the middle east: gay literature, we need to have discussions with other people, we need an lgbtq book to blow all over the region, a sexual revolution of some sort. But of course it doesn't have to be that way it could be really subtle, taking its precious time in growing and reaching out. I am, however, fully aware how risky that would be, governments homophones religious organisations would not be very nice about it, but things haven't always been easy in the west as well. As palkokapo said it doesn't have to have a physical location, online would be just fine, crowdfunding is an option too.
    I know I know its far fetched but its such a hopeful idea

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