Khookha McQueer

Khookha McQueer (Arabic: خوخة مكوير; born 17 March 1987)[1] is a Tunisian, LGBT+ and feminist activist and artist.

Khookha McQueer
Khookha McQueer autoportrait 5
Khookha McQueer Auto Portrait
Born17 March 1987
NationalityTunisian
OccupationActivist, feminist, artist

They are one of the first trans women known to the general public in Tunisia.[2][3]

BiographyEdit

Private lifeEdit

Khookha comes from a conservative Tunisian family. After going through a severe depression, they left university and started their LGBT+ activism. They came out twice: once in regards to their sexual orientation, as a gay man, before having their transition, and the second in 2015 in regards to their identity as a trans non-binary woman;[4] thus starting to use the English pronouns They and Them and the feminine pronouns for French and Arabic,[2] as well as their chosen name, Khookha McQueer. For them, although they identify as non binary and not as a woman, they still prefer using the feminine pronouns in french and arabic to express that part of their identity that was oppressed during a large part of their life.

Artistic workEdit

They started their professional career as a graphic designer.[5] All of their work is shared on their official Instagram account.[6] Their works deal with the question of identity and non-binarity.[6] The artist also aims to show the challenges the Tunisian LGBT community face in a normative heterosexual and homophobic society according to what them.[6] They accept that we qualify the work they produce as ''drag'', but they consider themselves and their art work as a living experience whose parameter that changes with each product is the gender and its esthetic expression.[6] They get a lot of their artistic inspiration from the Tunisian heritage, but their main muses remain the 1980s and 1990s divas from the Middle-East and Latin America such as Sherihan, Thalía and Nawal Al Zoghbi.[6]

ActivismEdit

In collaboration with Damj and Avocats Sans Frontières organisations, Khookha participated in the creation of the first terminology guide on gender adapted to the Tunisian context. It gathers a large number of terms related to sexual orientation, identity and behavior, in the Tunisian dialect and in standard Arabic, including the different interpretations of each word in the local culture and context.[7]

Moreover, the activist wants to change the binary and patriarchal culture at the level of the language within the Tunisian community and the Arabic-speaking one in general, by proposing a sort of an alternative inclusive language that includes both of the female and masculine forms, and which she uses in all of their academic publications or on their social media through their columns and feminist narratives.[1][2] They're known for their publications on the Arabic platform Jeem.[8]

For three years, Khookha was a member of a couple of LGBT+ organisations, like Mawjoudin,[2] as a consultant for the trans members, before resigning. According to them, they were unable to stay with the rest of the community because of their political views that are seen as a bit avant-gardist.

In December 2019, Khookha used art to fight for LGBTQ+ rights.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Portrait onirique de Khookha McQueer". next-f9.com (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Gomez, Jake. "Khookha McQueer: Advocacy for Non-Binary Queerness and LGBTQI Representation in Tunisia". Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection.
  3. ^ Butler, Anne Marie. "Khookha McQueer (1987". Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Transgender, and Queer History.
  4. ^ "Khookha McQueer: Advocacy for Non-Binary Queernessand LGBTQI+ Representation in Tunisia". Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  5. ^ "Khookha McQueer". transnational-queer-underground.net. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020..
  6. ^ a b c d e Ghoneim, Niveen. "The Tunisian Drag Queen Fighting For LGBTQ+ Rights With Art". egyptianstreets.com.
  7. ^ Khookha McQueer. "Guide de terminologie". drive.google.com (in French). Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Khookha McQueer: Advocacy for Non-Binary Queerness and LGBTQI+ Representation in Tunisia LGBTQI+ Representation in Tunisia". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  9. ^ "The Tunisian Drag Queen Fighting For LGBTQ+ Rights With Art | Egyptian Streets". 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2021-05-31.

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