Equality Forum 2008: LGBT Muslim World
It's hard to be fabulous all the time, and this is no less true of organizations than it is of individuals. This is part of what make the Equality Forum such a standout non-profit. The other part is its eponymous annual week of events, which doesn't just look back at the accomplishments of the past year, but consistently looks ahead, focusing on incredibly rich, globally relevant themes. And it's mostly free.
Held from April 28th to May 4th this year in Philadelphia, Equality Forum 2008 promises more of the same well-oiled, fire-it-up events that we’ve come to expect. This year, the theme is Gays and Lesbians in the Muslim World.
Powerful program items this year include a conversation with Irshad Manji, who was named one of this year's OUT 100, given Oprah's first Chutzpah Award, called "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare" by the New York Times, director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and author of The Trouble With Islam Today.
Then there are the other 48 panels and special events. Then, of course, there are the parties. On it's own, Philadelphia is quickly joining New York, San Francisco and Tampa as a prime gay getaway spot, but with the number of queers about town increased exponentially during Equality Forum, well, you do the math.