Just when I thought Kat Graham (Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries) couldn’t get any hotter (have you SEEN the ‘graffiti’ video?), she goes on to express her love to the gay community!
In a new interview with The Advocate, Kat says:
“I think I’m a drag queen and if somebody says I look like one, you don’t understand that you’re giving me a compliment because that’s where I live, that’s where my music flourishes and grows. My ideas grow from the gay community. That’s where I live mentally.”
“My best audience and where I’m happiest is in the gay community. That’s where I feel the most accepted. It’s a community that appreciates pop culture like no other. For me, that’s where I’m home and I always want to come home.”
Two years ago, I stumbled upon a gay Lebanese blog, Gay in Beirut, which inspired me to create my own blog.
So it excites me when I see Lebanese LGBT bloggers and activists who are putting their experiences out there for the world to see (or in this case, read). I know that will only encourage other Lebanese gay readers to be brave and make their voices heard.
Here are some (of many) Lebanese LGBT bloggers that I’m proud of. Thank you for blogging, for making a difference, and for giving hope to confused 14 year olds who are sitting in their room wondering if there are other people “like them”.
PS: Is there a Lebanese LGBT blogger not included in this list? Please do share their blog in the comments section!
There are some well-written tweets out there that spark a conversation about gay Lebanon or that show some support to the trans/homo/bi community!
Congrats to the three below tweeps for making it on the list!
(This in no way suggests that the tweeps are gay themselves or even gay supporters! For example, @JohnyFarrina could just be asking @HaririSaad if he agrees gays should be given equal rights. It’s just a question, not a declaration of support.)
And now…to the bad tweets of the week…
Ay, ay, ay. People…
You should learn that “gay” isn’t an adjective you use when you want to imply something is “bad”.
And if you do, come on, you should know better.
Nonetheless, congrats for making it on the list!
(This in no way suggests that the below tweeps are straight or antigay. There are many gays out there who use the fucked up “that’s so gay” expression)
Majdi & Wajdi are two gay characters featured on a Lebanese comedy show.
They’re extremely stereotypical: feminine, promiscuous, demand big dick, & add the letters “s” and “z” when they talk (Hayatsy, Majdzi, Wajdzi).
Many people are against featuring them on TV. The straight ones think it glorifies homosexuality and fear that their kids may become gay, while gays are against it because it shows them as feminine sex freaks.
But what really interests me is the people who find it funny.
Everybody else was most probably laughing AT Majdi & Wajdi.
I’m gay and I get it. I have my feminine moments and talking in a girly way is a part of our gay culture. It’s not something bad. But when you take that small part and base your entire skit around it, you end up showing a one dimensional side of gays.
But at least the show’s keeping the conversation going.
Viewers love the actors Adel Karam and Abbas Chahine who play the characters, so the love and respect they have for those actors can indirectly translate to some likability for Majdi and Wajdi.
They even have a fag hag Tee Tee (pronounced Tsee Tsee) in the show who’s very supportive of her two gays, so that’s good. That shows the viewer that these gays have straight friends who don’t laugh AT them but listen to their problems (and boy drama).
So like it or not, Majdi and Wajdi are a part of Lebanese pop culture.
-When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.’
– They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment.
– It’s ridiculous that Prop 8 took away gay people’s right to marry! I have no understanding of that kind of hatred. Maybe it’s fear of difference or of the unknown. If you feel belittled, maybe you need someone else to belittle to feel powerful. It’s the only way I know how to explain it.
– You’ve got religion telling you what to think about homosexuality, about marriage. They say homosexuality is a choice, a lifestyle, something you can be cured of, and that isn’t true.
– Would it bother me if a child of mine turns out to be gay? No, not one bit. Listen, I want my kids to live the lives they want to live. I want them to be fulfilled. I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are.