Palestinian Gay Group Sets Out on Its Own

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San Diego, Calif. – Al-Qaws, the Palestinian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender project of Jerusalem's Open House gay center, has spun off as an independent organization.

“With this decision, our community begins a new journey with a committed
leadership group and widespread local activists, friends and supporters,” the group said in a press release.

Al-Qaws achieved official status as a nonprofit organization in November, and renamed itself “Al-Qaws – for Sexual & Gender Diversity in the Palestinian Society.”

“This new phase presents new opportunities with promises of growth through self-definition for Palestinian LGBTQs,” said Director Haneen Maikey.

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