Brian Whitaker is to speak tonight on homosexuality in the Middle East this evening, as part of London’s Nour Festival taking place this month.
Whitaker, previously Middle East editor for the Guardian, tackled the issue head on in his book, Unspeakable Love: Gay and lesbian life in the Middle East. His decision to write it was triggered by an Egyptian police raid in 2001 on a gathering of gay men. In his book, which draws upon interviews in Egypt and Lebanon, he paints a complex picture of societies where sexual acts may be different from sexual identity and secrecy is the norm.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan, also a Guardian journalist, reported on the Green Movement in Iran and was named Journalist of the Year at the Foreign Press Association Awards 2010.
‘Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East’, Brian Whitaker in conversation with Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Wednesday 26 October, 7-8 pm, free but book ahead on 030 7471 9153