But Saturday’sÂ protesters felt differently. â€œPalestinian queers have reached out to us,â€ said Emmaia Gelman of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, â€œand you canâ€™t fight for queer rights in a state with no civil society.â€ Several protesters, many of whom said they were Jewish, invoked what they called pinkwashing, Israelâ€™s alleged touting of its progressive stance on gay rights as a way of deflecting global attention away from its treatment of Palestinians. Steve Ault, a founding Center board member who supports the protesters but wasnâ€™t there on Saturday, says the Center is practicing exceptionalism by banning groups related to the Middle East issue. â€œThere are several African-American groups at the Center,â€ he noted. â€œAre they not supposed to ever discuss racism?â€
â€” A Gay Community Centerâ€™s Middle-East Problem, New York Magazine. Irruption du conflit israÃ©lo-palestinien au Centre LGBT de New York.
A Toronto, en 2010, le groupe Queers Against Israeli Apartheid avait d’abord Ã©tÃ© interdit de dÃ©filer, suite Ã des pressions de la municipalitÃ©, avant d’Ãªtre finalement autorisÃ© Ã manifester par le comitÃ© d’organisation. Le groupe n’a pas dÃ©filÃ© en 2011.
A noter que le terme pinkwashing est aussi utilisÃ© pour dÃ©noncer les abus de la campagne du ruban rose de lutte contre le cancer du sein.