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Mr. Gay Syria Film Screening and Q&A with Mahmoud Hassino

  • No 70 Oxford Street Manchester, M1 5NH (map)

A group of Manchester-based Syrians, in collaboration with Superbia and Rainbow Noir, invite you for a free film screening of:

Mr. Gay Syria and Q&A with Mahmoud Hassino
Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
No 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

Mr. Gay Syria, Ayse Toprak. Turkey/France/Germany. 2017, 88 min. Watch the trailer here:

Free event, donations are welcomed to cover expenses.

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria's LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in an intolerant world shatter it to pieces?

After the screening, you will have the opportunity to meet Mahmoud Hassino, featured in the film. Mahmoud will be answering your questions and discussing what it means to live as a gay person in Syria and in the Middle East? In a country where homosexuality is criminalised and society does not openly accept what they perceive to be a ‘different’ sexual orientation or gender expression.

Mahmoud Hassino is a Syrian journalist and blogger. He currently works for the gay counselling network, Schwulenberatung Berlin. Mahmoud had written several blogs about homosexuality in Syria before and during the Syrian revolution. He also founded the first Syrian LGBTI online magazine, Mawaleh, and is the organiser of Mr Gay Syria contest - an idea that was first conceived as a way to raise awareness about the Syrian LGBTI issues. Ayse Toprak depicted this journey of finding the in her film, Mr Gay Syria.


Superbia is Manchester Pride's year round programme of culture, designed to support, curate, fund and promote LGBT+ events throughout Greater Manchester. We support existing LGBT+ events with free promotion and marketing, fund LGBT+ events with Superbia Grants and curate original Superbia events through collaboration with partners, venues, groups, curators, community members, artists and creatives.

Rainbow Noir is a volunteer-led group celebrating, platforming and connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people of colour based in and around Manchester. Founded in 2013, they provide social space, peer support and community action for and by their community.

This event is supported by Manchester Metropolitan University.