Lebanese LGBTQ Blogs to Check Out

Last year, I posted about Lebanese LGBT Blogs On The Rise.

Since then, there have been new LGBTQ bloggers. Here’s some of them.

But first, thank you Lebanese LGBT Monitor for keepin me up to date with what’s new in gay Lebanon and the LGBTQ blogosphere.

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And now with the blogs…

1) Witchy Lisa

Blog url: http://witchylisa.wordpress.com

Recommended post: My Valentine’s/Assassination Day: Transphobia

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2) bE LeBnAN!

Blog url: http://blebnani.wordpress.com/

Recommended post: أنا لحبيبي وحبيبي ؟

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3) Mimi Trans

Blog url: http://mimitrans.wordpress.com/

Recommended post: Untitled

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4) B AS IN BEIRUT

Blog url: http://basinbeirut.wordpress.com/

Recommended post: Random Thoughts

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5) Adam’s First Chapter

Blog url: http://adamsfirstchapter.blogspot.com/

Recommended post: First Contact

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6) Another one of THOSE!

Blog url: http://another1ofthose.wordpress.com/

Recommended post: A young guy’s memories

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7) Should I Exist?

Blog url: http://shouldiexist.blogspot.com/

Recommended post: my first time coming out !

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8) Rainbowlitiously Fabulous

Blog url: http://rainbowlitiouslyfabulous.wordpress.com/

Recommended post: Bitches Like Gays

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9) Diaries From The Closet

Blog url: http://diariesfromthecloset.blogspot.com/

Recommended post: Gays and Pop Culture

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And last but never least, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Sama, a “half-Syrian half-something else” Arab journalist, currently blogging from Beirut.

10) Sama Says

Blog url: http://samasays.wordpress.com

Recommended post: Shattered Bones

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Now that we’re done with the countdown, take the time to nominate your favorite gay blogs at the Social Media Awards. Vote and let’s make our voices heard.

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Paula Yacoubian: “I Support Gay Rights in Lebanon”

It’s very awesome to see Lebanese public figures speak up about supporting gays.

Even if it’s on Twitter, that’s still something.

Paula Yacoubian, Lebanese TV host, replied to @RainbowAnon who asked her in a tweet if she supported gay rights.

She tweeted back saying: “Ofcourse I do. I don’t care about ppls sexual preferences as long as they’re good citizens. Who r we 2 judge ppl”

Thank you Paula for your support! And a special thanks for Rainbow AnonKnight for asking her the question to begin with :).

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‘Stop Homophobia’ Graffiti in Beirut

In the wee hours of Monday morning, 2 Lebanese bloggers took to the streets to ‘stop hate’, the best way they know how: ART.

LM and Karim created this awesome graffiti in the Monot area (Petro Trad street next to USJ to be exact).

Go and check it out for yourself. Looks amazing.

While many people go out of their way to spread hate, ignorance, (fill in the paranthesis)-ism and (fill in the paranthesis)-phobia, it’s so refreshing to see what others can do to counter it, through art.

Really proud of you LM and Karim.

You gots balls and I’m inspayad!

Kat Graham: “I think I’m a drag queen”

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.”

– Kat Graham

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George Clooney: You think I’m Gay? I don’t give a shit.

“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, “These are lies!” That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.”

– George Clooney on gay rumors (Feb 2012)

Majdi and Wajdi

Majdi & Wajdi

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.

You see, 2 weeks ago, I was watching TV with my family and “Majdi w Wajdi” got on (they were begging the prison guard to let them go to prison while they carried a bag of soap). I was laughing. My family was laughing. The average Lebanese viewer was laughing.

But were we all laughing at the same thing?

I was laughing WITH Majdi & Wajdi.

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.

But at what price? Only time will tell…

 

Watch more Majdi w Wajdi videos here

Hero star comes out: “I’m Gay & Lucky”

Heroes star Zachary Quinto has publicly come out as gay.

What sparked his coming out? The recent suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Jamey had uploaded an It Gets Better video months before his suicide.

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In a statement, he said:

“In light of Jamey’s death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it, is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”

W 3a2bel kel el 3eyzeen…

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Rihanna’s smokin (no, really) in new album cover!

Ma gurrl RiRi’s committed to her bad girl image. And why shouldn’t she? She’s perfectly good at it.

Check out her new covers for her upcoming album Talk The Talk (to be released in November).

The colored cover is for the standard version, while the black & white one is for the deluxe edition.

Can’t wait for the new music and some more raunchiness.

On another the same note…

Check RiRi on the cover of Esquire…

I mean…yeah.

Luvin those tattoos.

Ghostbar: “Closure is not related to any gay issue. Club reopens this weekend.”

Ghostbar reopens this weekend!

Ghostbar fans, rejoice!

The club’s doors were sealed by the government on Monday, but they will reopen this weekend, according to the Ghostbar Marketing Representative.

The rep posted comments on my blog and said:

“We ensure you that Ghost Bar was closed shortly due to a misunderstanding that has nothing to do with the media campaign and forced closure of nightclubs. It is not related to any gay issue as well, nor to any drugs that some of you are illustrating it.”

He also pointed out that “Ghostbar has no relation with Acid Nightclub” and that Acid was closed due to a “pure real estate matter”, not a gay or drug issue.

Thank you Ghostbar for setting the record straight.

Maybe us gays are just overly paranoid. Whenever a gay club gets shut down, we immediately think “OMFG! They’re out to get us!”. But hey, maybe the government has no problem with gays after all. I mean, out of all the clubs in Beirut, maybe it’s just a coincidence that two popular gay clubs were sealed “bil sham3 el a7mar”.