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A “True Story”

The Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor has received the following message from a Lebanese LGBT activist who desired to remain anonymous:

True story:

What happened in the last few months?

  • A TV program launches a homophobic campaign
  • The prime minister reacts ordering the closure of gay cinemas
  • 36 people get arrested and get subjected to anal exams
  • Mohammad Eskandar launches new sexists and homophobic songs, because “he represents our culture”

What the community did:

  • General mobilization from the community with all its diversity against the program and the police
  • Helem provides the 36 with a lawyer and they released
  • Helem starts a campaign against anal and virginity test
  • LGBT media monitor mobilization through social media
  • Unprecedent coverage of the media
  • MTV Lebanon had to react
  • Syndicat of doctors bans the anal tests
  • Ministry of justice sends a letter asking general attorneys not to require anal and vaginal tests from the police
  • Helem Canada and LGBT media monitor launch a successful campaign banning Mohammad Eskandar from entering Lebanon

Meanwhile other activists in Beirut, reactions:

  • Outing is shaming, the presenter should sue the activist who outed him
  • The campaign against Mohammad Eskandar is lame
  • Gay bars should be boycotted because they are capitalists , lets shut them down
  • Gay businesses are bad, let’s boycott Lebtour
  • Helem is not radical enough let’s start a campaign against them accusing them of sexism and accusing gay men in Helem of sexually harassing girls in order to silence them.
  • We are the one who really care about the community, we only hate Helem and gay bars and people who go to gay bars and people who identify as gay and women who do not follow a specific feminist agenda, but we fight for everyone else’s rights and we love them.

For more background in this story read our post: “Whatever happened to us? Internal Bitter Feuds


Categories: LGBT - Politics
  1. Anonymous, too
    September 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Georges Azzi is hardly anonymous, though a coward to be sure.

  2. Reader
    September 18, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Small correction: Iskandar is banned from entering Canada, not Lebanon.

    Although yes, it would be pleasant to ban him here too.

  3. tariq
    September 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

    so the person who wrote this(i won’t call them a wanker but im thinking it) thinks that it is good that helem has launched a campaign against vaginal testing and responded to a sexist singer but doesnt want to address the sexism in the organisation itself? hypocritical. as for being radical, well i think that if the organisation cant even take a firm left stance on such a simple issue then it certainly could do with a bit of radicalising. and gay bars really are there to exploit the fact that queers have no where else to go. working on bettering conditions for working class queers is more important than defending business.

  4. Trinity
    October 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

    So well writen and up to the point! Thanks 🙂

  1. September 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

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