Gay Supporting vs. Gay Bashing Magazines

2 magazines. 2 covers. 2 headlines. 

What a world of difference between the two! 

Here’s People magazine with Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres on the cover. 

A lesbian couple’s intimate marriage details in a magazine sends out the positive message that gay marriage is beautiful. 

Go People Mag! 

Gay Supporter: People Magazine

On the other side of the coin is Al Jaras: a Lebanese magazine and apparently…a gay basher. 

Al Jaras put a quote from Abdo Chawoul on the cover: “I closed down Acid Nightclub and if they think of opening it, we are bringing bulldozers and demolishing it”

In the magazine, journalist Diana Wehbe repeatedly uses derogatory terms “shazzeen” and “sou7akiyyat” to refer to gays and lesbians. 

Wehbe is pleased that Acid Night Club, which has a big gay following, was recently shut down, to “protect our boys and girls from the immorality happening under its roof”. 

Wehbe is also disgusted that Lebanon was chosen as a gay tourism destination by the IGLTA. She demands that those “fags who are coming to see Beirut during this trip go to the land of killing and murder, Israel.” 

Gay basher: Lebanese Al Jaras Magazine

Dear Al Jaras magazine,  

Publishing this article in which your writer disrespects Lebanese homosexuals and uses hate-promoting derogatory terms makes me realize you have a long way ahead of you to be considered a respectful magazine.  

You’ve certainly lost every reader who doesn’t believe in the HATRED your writer spread in her article.  

I, for one, will rather get my teeth pulled out one after the other with a plier while watching Gigli, than buy a copy of your magazine.  

Boo Jaras!
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For those of you who want to read the Al Jaras article (in Arabic) without having to buy it , here are the three pages on the Lebanese LGBT Monitor:  one, two, three.

7 thoughts on “Gay Supporting vs. Gay Bashing Magazines

  1. yasmine September 27, 2010 / 11:48 am

    Seriously – I think it is one of those things that people should learn by now that they have no control over. Stupidity and ignorance is just bred into people, we can’t seem to weed them out!!! =P

  2. Ekios September 27, 2010 / 3:57 pm

    Why are you freaking out ? It’s just racism …

    Where it could be even funny is that maybe, a few of these people who write with so much hate, are probably gay too …

  3. Oussama September 27, 2010 / 7:22 pm

    It’s terrible. But I agree with Ekios that people who write with such venom are probably gay and in denial. Now a good project would be to find evidence to out her….;)

  4. Aline C September 28, 2010 / 9:45 am

    Idiots. (Al Jaras)

  5. hasan September 28, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    You should not take this threat lightly or dismiss it. It is time for an overdue gay intifada in Lebanon. Talk to all people who u r out to and encourage them to respond, boycott, write… Join Helem, the monitor, meem… and offer help. This is the time for all that support.

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