Transgender woman finds Jesus and becomes man. People lose their shit.

Antoine is a Lebanese guy who, for the past couple of years, was living his life as a transgender female called Tino.

But on February 26, Antoine took to his Facebook page to denounce transsexuality and publicly declare that with the help of religion, he is now a man.

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In the post, Antoine mentions that he was sexually molested as a child, lost his father at four years old, and could never understand why he felt uncomfortable with his body. He underwent plastic surgery, let his hair grow, and “drowned in an illusion”.

But it all changed when Antoine met a woman who told him: “Only Jesus can save you and erase everything”. He started reading the Bible and realized that it was wrong to change his looks and become a woman. Now he’s a “reborn person” filled with happiness, thanks to Jesus.

That’s when people collectively lost their shit.

Straight people and gay people.

Christians and atheists.

2-year-olds and 74-year-olds who involuntarily lost their shit 5 minutes before reading Antoine’s testimony, voluntarily lost their shit after reading it.

Stephanie is crying so hard she might be the reason why Beirut streets clog up whenever it drizzles.

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Ramy. Just. CAN’T.

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Pamela has so much respect for Antoine that she hashtagged it.

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David lost his shit. But he kept it short and sweet.

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Joyce found the perfect answer to “Can I get an Amen?”

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Amal can’t be tamed. She tells the Christian gays they shouldn’t fall in love with boys.

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Then there’s Joy.

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People lost their shit. And Antoine listened.

He thanked his supporters but also asked them to pray for gays, lesbians, freaks, and porn addicts.

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But it’s not all love.

Yara doesn’t get it.

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Translation: “He went from being a cocksucker with a wig to a cocksucker without a wig?”

 

Adib thinks it’s sad.

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Fuck gender. Elie lost his shit over bad English.

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Mark thinks Antoine is “sickening”. And not in a “YASSSS, bitch, werk” kind of way.

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Khaled is not having it. He even brings pedophile priests into this.

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Noora agrees. She’s afraid Antoine’s rebirth might encourage homophobia.

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In a 2011 interview with The Daily Star, Antoine identified as a woman.

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He teared up when remembering his childhood abuse.

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He wanted to live as a woman.

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The above picture is how I remember Antoine as “Tino”. I would be at Bardo and Bjork’s “Crystalline” song would come on… which only meant one thing. At any moment, “Tino” would jump on one of the tables with her sexy black mini dress and dance. And although that song is utterly horrible, I would look at her in amazement. It was inspiring how confident and free she was.

Back then, Tino would get hate from straight people and gay people. And today, as a he, he’s receiving hate from gay people. And maybe that’s the whole point.

But who knows?

Maybe Antoine is a woman who is repressing her true identity just to conform. Maybe Antoine really did find Jesus and now identifies as a man. Or maybe we should all just stop losing our shit whenever people choose a gender that’ll help them sleep better at night.

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Want more posts you can love, hate, or jerk off to?

There’s the good: 4AM

The bad: Groundhog Gay (NSFW)

The miserable: My Epic Grindr Fails

The borderline tragic: Black Sabbath

And the posts you write when you’re intoxicated: The ex of your ex is your next top

 

 

You Fucking Idiot

So yesterday, Lebanon and I had one thing in common: we both got fucked.

Lebanon was hit by the Zeina storm (floods, strong wind, billboards falling on the street, Byblos port practically drowning) and I… was struck by sickness.

As I lay in my bed sneezing my ass off, covered under two piles of blankets, I started experiencing what any red-blooded mammal experiences when they’re this sick and cold: the love blues.

You know how it is. You might think of a past relationship, the reasons why it didn’t work out, or how, if the circumstances were different, he would have been snuggling with you and massaging your head as the outside world falls apart. It’s basically a pathetic moment. Absolutely normal. But pathetic.

That’s when my dad enters the room. I don’t know how he built the courage to enter that germ fest, but he does. And I know exactly what he’s gonna do. It’s something he’s been doing since I was born. He walks towards my bed, lifts up the two blankets covering my legs, and caresses my freezing feet. In an instant, I go from 27 to 5 years old, and giggle out loud like a child.

Then I think to myself: “You idiot. You fucking idiot”.

I’m craving that love and affection from a man who consciously chose to walk out of my life, when there’s an unconditional love lying in the other room, which I’ve neglected. That 27-year-in-the-making love that doesn’t check your text messages, get jealous, or emotionally abuse you. That kind of love that just wants you to be happy.

Now sure, there are some things a parent can’t offer. Like my dad will not go down on me when I have morning wood. But it’s good to recognize the purity of that “original” love. The feelings you have for your parents, your sister, your brother… that’s also love. It’s probably the longest-lasting love you’ll ever have. And that’s fucking awesome.

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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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Watch Episode One of Mithli Mithlak!

Another week. Another show talking about the LGBTQ society in Lebanon. [Just hope the “Q” in LGBTQ will be given its fair share of coverage someday]

Here is Episode One “Mithli Mithlak” (“Same as You”) which aired last week on New TV, as part of Riad Kobeissi’s program “Ta7ta Ta2ilat Al Mas2ouliyya”.

What do you think of the episode? Was Riad objective presenting homosexuality to viewers?

Part 1 of Episode 1

Part 2 of Episode 1

Part 3 of Episode 1

Part 4 of Episode 1

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* Thanks lion69heart2 and Gmariam007 for uploading the videos.

* Thank you Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor for sharing these vids and encouraging people to comment, share their views, and open a discussion.

Lebanon: A Safer Country for Gays than Others?

Randa:The Diaries of a Transsexual

Randa is an Algerian woman and transsexual whose story is published in the book “Randa: The Diaries of a Transsexual” (مذكرات رندا الترانس) written by journalist Hazem Saghieh.

Check out this CNN.com piece about Randa who compares living in Lebanon versus living in Algeria:

“But in some parts of Beirut I would say I feel 70 percent safe, whereas I never feel more than five percent safe when I’m in Algeria.”

Your average transsexual or gay person can never feel completely safe in Lebanon. Then again…the amount of discrimination LGBTQ people face in Lebanon is still more merciful than that in other countries like Algeria.

But should we be grateful that the discrimination over here is still “better” than other places? That’s sickenin’…