Browsing All posts tagged under »lebanon«

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 […]

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 […]


December 31, 2013


Nobody should ever get used to assassinations, to car bombs, to random killings. 4 days ago, 8 people were blown to pieces in Downtown Beirut. It usually takes people in Lebanon 3 days to recover from these things. Day 1 is sadness. Day 2 is anger. Day 3 is clubbing. It’s how we survive. This […]

The Saida War in Pictures

June 26, 2013


A fierce battle broke out between Salafists, led by Ahmed Al Assir, and the Lebanese Army on June 23, 2013. The battle left over 20 dead, and hundreds injured, all the while further increased tensions in Lebanon. Below is a photo essay of the events. Ahmad Al Assir, shown here in a picture from 2012, […]

Beirut Noise

June 23, 2013


Beirut is loud these days. Very loud. There’s the usual noise: the honking cabs, the whistling boys, the over enthusiastic greetings. There’s the construction, left and right, below ground and up in the air, building new homes, offices, shops, and restaurants that will remain empty. We still have the whispers. “Look at what she’s wearing”, […]

Our Evolution

March 20, 2013


“Let’s plot sexy revolution, plan perverse adventures and talk about pornographic ideas.” Acid. It was the meeting place of every single outcast in Beirut. Men, women, and everything in between could go there, for one night, and have the time of their lives. Or they could end up in jail. And even when they did, […]

The Problem with Helem

October 5, 2012


In the late 1990s, I got a call from a guy I had met online as part of the GayLebanon Yahoo group. He told me they were starting something, and we were to meet at the house of M. When I showed up at M’s place, it was FULL. We were easily 50 or 60 […]

Here we come

September 27, 2012


I’ve been involved in a not-so-little initiative to change things, lots of things, in Lebanon.  I have joined hands, hearts, and minds with a wonderful group of people, and together, we are going to take back parliament in Lebanon. We are a movement of people, young and old, that have decided to take things into […]

Leila and BDS

September 5, 2012


My role model and hero in life is Martin Luther King, Jr. His views on civil disobedience, on boycotts, and on the civil rights movement are commendable and I only wish I could live like he did. I try. I really do. Of course, when I started hearing about BDS, I was excited to see […]