Over the last decade, Tel Aviv has increasingly been ranked one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, prompting international advertising outreach for gay tourism. This talk will analyze tourism advertisement(s) circulated during Tel Aviv Pride 2015 to highlight the relationship between the development of global LGBT rights/assimilation and the perpetuation of economic and military occupation. I posit that the development of a culture of LGBT acceptance and belonging in Israel is directly related to (and integral to the continuation of) the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. I would also like to discuss creations and possibilities of modes of social belonging that are not zero-sum games. Is universal belonging desirable? Is it even possible?
Justin Ostrowski is a PhD student in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Justin’s research interests include transnational feminisms, identity in globalization, and global political economy.