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On Turning 40

August 29, 2019


I used to make playlists for every occasion possible. I have playlists called “Drive to Sara’s wedding” or “From Teheran to Shiraz” or “Christmas Traffic”, among many, many others. Over time, these playlists tell the story of my life since iTunes. From “First date with J” to “Pastry School Delights”, passing through “Mauritius with Fato […]

On Oppressive Homophobia

August 8, 2019


I’ve gotten used to casual homophobia. I think most gay people my age end up getting used to it. You fight it for years, but then at some point your sanity is at stake, so you learn to ignore it, to change the subject, to pretend it doesn’t hurt you. It’s how we survive. But […]

World’s Oldest City Collapses From Facebook Post

July 23, 2019


July 23, 2019- The city formerly known as Byblos, Lebanon. Earlier today, Byblos, known locally as Jbeil, collapsed suddenly, after over 8000 years of surviving. The world’s oldest city is no longer. The collapse happened when Hamed Sinno, the lead singer of Mashrou3 Leila and a notorious fan of Madonna (pre-1990s), posted an article he […]

The End of the Revolution, According to Gino

May 28, 2015


If you haven’t done so already, read this first. Last night, between 3 and 4AM, Lebanon’s revolution died. This country’s only hope burned down to the ground, and unlike the Phoenix, it will not rise again, which proves that God doesn’t exist. When I started Lebanon’s nightlife a few years ago, I had hope. Hope […]

First Reactions

May 26, 2015


Actual reactions to me coming out to friends and acquaintances. – Are you sure? – When did you decide you didn’t like girls? – Do you like Mariah Carey? – Don’t you want children? – Do you think I’m cute? Am I your type? – I love Jean Paul Gaultier! – So are you the […]

Learning About Sex, Part 2

May 18, 2015


Part 1 is here. I learned about gay sex by having gay sex. That may seem completely normal, but if you think about it, it’s rarely the case for most people. I had never seen a gay porn, I had never read anything about men having sex with each other, I had never even seen […]

Learning About Sex, Part 1

May 12, 2015


I know I talk a lot about sex. I like talking about sex so much that I majored in it. But it wasn’t always like this. There was a time when I knew nothing about sex, and that was well into my late teens. Even though my first sexual experience was at the tender age […]

13 Amazing Movies About L(mostly)GBT People

April 26, 2015


No spoilers here. Weekend- This beautiful, beautiful, beautiful movie is a story that every gay man lives, 20 or 30 times in our lives. You meet someone wonderful, and you spend an amazing weekend together where everything works. And then you leave each other. Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Until Weekend came along, this was […]

The Fattouche Complex

October 24, 2014


Stop it with your shock and awe. Let’s wake the fuck up. We all feel as entitled as Fattouche does. True, he’s a fucking asshole for actually hitting a woman, but his behavior is far from exceptional. We are all guilty of the things he is guilty of. First and foremost, this is about violence […]

Back In The Closet

October 7, 2014


I came out to almost everyone I know between the ages of 18 and 21. I don’t remember that time as being especially difficult or particularly freeing, though I am fully aware that it was a defining period for me. After the initial phase of coming out, I adapted a new rule to simplify my […]