Debating Pinkwashing

An Inconvenient Truth: The Myths of Pinkwashing
by Arthur Slepian

Responses to Arthur Slepian:

The Greater Context of the Pinkwashing Debate
by Katherine Franke

Revealing the Truth Behind the Rainbow: Seattle’s Anti-Pinkwashing Success
by Wendy Elisheva Somerson

Pinkwashing, Brainwashing, and Queer-Palestinian solidarity
by Uri Horesh

Israeli Occupation and LGBT Rights: Inextricably Intertwined
by Richard Silverstein

Related articles published previously in Tikkun:
Boycotting Equality Forum’s Israeli Sponsorship
by Rebecca Alpert and Katherine Franke

U.S. Gay Rights Activists: Stop Pinkwashing Palestinian Suffering! by Richard Silverstein

The Greater Context of the Pinkwashing Debate

While I can’t speak for all who charge Israel with pinkwashing, I think it’s fair to say that the aim of the pinkwashing critique is not LGBT Israelis, but rather Israeli state policy that uses members of our community and/or our interests to burnish its own international reputation. In this respect, the concern is how LGBT rights get taken up by the state as a marketing tool and are served up to an international audience as part of a national rebranding project that necessarily implicates geo-political, religious, and international relations that far exceed gay rights.