Please join us for a free screening of Pinkwashing Exposed at the Northwest Film Forum on May 11 at 7:30pm.
In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the “Rainbow Generations” tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour’s centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle’s LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle’s leading LGBT and HIV organizations.
“Pinkwashing” is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as “gay friendly” to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign it has been engaged in for the last decade. Through the inspiring story of these activists’ victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back.
The one-hour documentary will be followed by a discussion with activists.
The screening is FREE but you need to get a ticket through Brown Paper Tickets.