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Being Gay in America

February 10, 2014


On an October evening in a small town, Matthew was in a bar, when he met two men, Aaron and Russell, who pretended they were gay. Matthew, who was gay himself, asked them for a ride back home. They accepted, but instead, they drove him to a remote, rural area, and proceeded to rob him, […]

36 men in jail, and 1 on TV

July 30, 2012


Oh it’s been a long day! There have been arrests, rumors, gay porn, homophobia, celebrities, bickering, outing, a really bad YouTube smear campaign, and, just for good measure, a touch of pinkwashing. As it stands today, it seems that 36 men were arrested Saturday in a cinema that shows pornographic movies. It is not clear […]

Jokes and murders

March 16, 2012


Early Wednesday morning, Alem Dechasa, an Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon, used her bed sheets to hang herself in her room in the hospital where she was taken 3 weeks ago, after her boss had beaten her in public. The Ethiopian embassy has filed a lawsuit against Ali Maafouz, the asshole who led this woman […]

MTV answers

February 28, 2012


(If you have no idea what this is all about, read this: I got a phone call from a guy that works at MTV. He said that Michel el Murr had asked him to get in touch with me. He acknowledged having read the letter, and thanked me for writing it. He said that MTV […]

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 […]

An open letter to MTV Lebanon

February 24, 2012


Dear MTV Lebanon, Your popular TV show Ktir Salbeh has recently been airing skits that ridicule a number of minorities, be they domestic workers, Palestinians, or gay people. In an episode that aired February 22, 2012, you featured a stereotypically gay man singing a love song to another man in a mocking way. I understand […]