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Lessons in Homophobia: A letter to all my straight friends

July 4, 2012


I wrote the letter below exactly 3 years ago at a time when I felt I was overwhelmed by the homophobia that was surrounding me. I sent it to anybody who I felt was important to me. The feedback I got for it was very positive. In many ways, this letter to my close friends […]

AUB Faculty Statement on Hate Speech and Bigotry

May 30, 2012


The response to the homophobic article published in Outlook (as well as the ridiculous response to it by the Editorial Board) continues to grow, and many good things have come as a result of it. This may just be the most important though: Over 60 AUB faculty and staff members have come together to release […]

Dear Lojine Kamel

May 8, 2012


Dear Lojine Kamel, Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to stay calm. Sometimes, calm and understanding is met with continued bigotry, and that’s when it becomes nearly impossible to not burst. I am going to try my best not to be patronizing in this letter. You are a student, and you’ve found yourself at the heart […]

Dear Mohamad Sibai

May 4, 2012


Dear Mohamad Sibai, Have a coffee with me. Let’s sit, like two adults, and talk. You get to know me, I get to know you. Now, before you freak out about a gay man asking you out for a coffee, hear me out. I’m a 33 year old gay man. Everything you’ve written in your […]

Some answers to the MTV letter (but not from MTV)

February 27, 2012


While there’s still no word from MTV on the letter, the number of people who have contacted me in one way or another to show support has been incredible. I’ve gotten messages from close friends, complete strangers, men, women, teenagers, Lebanese, Jordanians, Syrians, Australians, young, old, gay, straight, and so on. While I am still […]