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LGBT presence at Social Media Awards (SMA) Beirut


No, those are not just capital letters in random order. The combination of these two abbreviations is the result of many years of hard work of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community in social media.

The official blog for the Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor, raynbow.info, is nominated alongside 3 LGBT blogs and 15 blogs and social media accounts which publically support the LGBT community. Do not forget, this is occurring in a society that still condemns LGBTs as outlaws and delinquents.

With the success of the LGBT community in social media today, I can’t help but reflect on my personal experience with the Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor and raynbow.info.

It all started 4 years ago. I was approached to be an admin for this Facebook page that would monitor any media coverage to which two rules apply: 1- Anything related to LGBT AND 2- Anything related to Lebanon. We did not have a hard time back then to monitor the media, even though we were only two admins. We had a few posts each month, most of them were homophobic articles. We were very happy when we saw that we reached 500 “likes,” and I personally thought we reached our peak at 1000.

Now, 4 years later, we have 5 admins who are barely able to keep up with everything posted in the media about LGBT and Lebanon. Unlike 4 years ago, the daily posts we’re having are either LGBT friendly or from LGBT individuals themselves. Even better, homophobic and transphobic posts are attacked widely by our followers, which forces homophobes to think twice before publically endorsing a homophobic statement. Today the Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor is proud to have more than 6000 likes on Facebook and more that 2000 followers on Twitter.

Looking back at this experience, I think the LGBT community needs a big applause. An applause that couldn’t be better illustrated than by being nominated by The Social Media Awards (SMA), Beirut 2013.

The cherry on the top would be if any of those LGBT or LGBT-friendly blogs win at The Social Media Awards, and that can only happen with your vote!

1-Why should YOU vote for the Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor/raynbow.info?

We at the monitor don’t like to brag but we will try our best to convince you to vote for us. We led campaigns against many homophobic articles and media appearances. We objected to many celebrity/public figures like Ward el Khal and Amal Hijazi when they blurted homophobic comments. We tried to raise awareness amongst them about what it really means to be LGBT and saying out loud, “Homophobia is not the way and it will affect your popularity!”

We had our homophobic lists of stars and journalists and led campaigns against Aljaras and their homophobic articles, we rallied against MTV after Joe Maalouf forcefully outed random individuals on TV, and last, but not least, we denounced Mohammad Iskandar’s discriminative songs, which garnered much support from different organizations and we played an essential role in Canada that led to the cancellation of his Canadian tour.
No, we are not just here to post information related to LGBT and Lebanon! We are also here to make change, a change that we are witnessing in front of our eyes year after year.

So vote for LGBT media monitor in the Best News Category. To vote go to: http://www.smabeirut.com and then to the 2nd category: Best News Blog.

LebLGBTmonitor at #SMABeirut

 

2- Why should YOU vote for other LGBT and publically LGBT-friendly blogs and social media accounts?

The presence of many “out” LGBT blogs in SMA shows that LGBT individuals are influencing not only other LGBTs, but also the Lebanese community in general. This shows how the Lebanese community evolved: from being a community that spews homophobic comments to one that openly denounces and faces homophobic media.

The LGBT community has said its part: We will stand up and use not only the few friendly media outlets that we have as allies, but also by using our strongest tool yet: social media. That’s how an underground community came out to the open using every way of expression to break the silence. And seeing 18 LGBT and LGBT-friendly blogs and social media accounts nominated by SMA shows that the Lebanese community endorsed that position.

To vote for LGBT blogs and LGBT friendly blogs you can refer to the following list from our Media Monitor:

Don’t waste this chance for the LGBT community to shine. Vote now, vote LGBT for SMA

Finalists for Blog of the Year
• Blog Baladi| http://www.blogbaladi.com
• Gino’s Blog | http://www.ginosblog.com
• A Separate State of Mind Separate State of Mind |www.stateofmind13.com
• Beirut Boy | guymeetsworld.wordpress.com

Finalists for Best News Blog
• Blog Baladi | http://www.blogbaladi.com
• Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor | http://www.raynbow.info
• Separate State of Mind | http://www.stateofmind13.com

Finalists for Best Lifestyle Blog
• Homos Libnani| homoslibnani.wordpress.com

Finalists for Best Fashion Blog
Ivy Says | http://www.ivysays.com

Finalists for Best Personal Blog
• Gino’s Blog | http://www.ginosblog.com
• Ink On The Side | http://inkontheside.com/
• Rita Kamel ritakml.info | http://www.ritakml.info
• Homos Libnani | homoslibnani.wordpress.com
• Beirut Boy | guymeetsworld.wordpress.com

Finalists for Best Media Personality on Social Media
Paula Yacoubian | @PaulaYacoubian
Zaven Kouyoumdjian | @Zaven_K

Finalists for Best Band on Social Media
• مشروع ليلى Mashrou’ Leila | @mashrou3leila

Best non-arabic vocalist on Social Media

  • Poly

Finalists for Most Creative Instagram Account
• Gino Raidy | @ginoraidy

Finalists for Most Engaging Youtube Channel
I LUV U BUT | http://www.iluvubut.tv

Finalists for Most Engaging Person on Twitter (Tweep)
• Angie Nassar | @angienassar

Finalists for Most Engaging Celebrity on Twitter
Haifa Wehbe | @haifawehbe
Elissa | @elissakh

Finalists for Most Engaging Media Personality on Twitter
• Paula Yacoubian | @paulayacoubian
• Angie Nassar | @angienassar
• Zaven | @zaven_K

Finalists for Best Business on Twitter
Crepaway | @crepaway

Finalists for Best NGO/Organization on Twitter
DONNER SANG COMPTER| @DSCLebanon

Finalists for Best Restaurant, Café or Bakery on Social Media
• Crepaway | @crepaway

Finalists for Best NGO/Community on Social Media
• Donner Sang Compter | http://www.fb.com/DSCLebanon

Finalists for Best Design for a Social Media Campaign
• Crepaway | http://j.mp/crepawaySMA

Finalists for Best Facebook Application
• Crepaway | http://j.mp/crepawaySMA

By one of our colourful Admins

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