Mr. Gay Syria

Mr. Gay Syria

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Mr. Gay Syria (2017) is a documentary following the lives of Mahmoud and Husein as they reimagine a place for gay Syrian refugees.

Mahmoud founded the LGBTI movement in Syria and decided to organise an contest to elect the Syrian representative at the Mr. Gay World beauty contest. Husein lives in Instanbul, managing a double life between his conservative family and his sexual identity. The movie shows the power of celebration and pride as tools against homophobia and oppression.

The screening will be followed by a debate.


  • Ayse Toprak, director of the film 
  • Mahmoud Hassino, Syrian journalist and LGBT activist 
  • Ceren Bulduk, PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and Affiliate to the Gender Centre.


  • Nicole Bourbonnais, Associate Professor in International History and Co-director of the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

This event is organised by the Queer International Student Assembly at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (QISA) in partnership with the Gender Centre.


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