Many people were pissed when this article named Beirut to be a gay haven in the middle east.
Except for the reason of why would some Israelis be furious of promoting Beirut as a competitive Gay friendly city, the reasons behind some Lebanese activists’ objections remain totally unknown, or are they? I mean yeah we have a genuine tendency as people to nag, some of our nagging is legitimate and the majority of it just isn’t. For activists, promoting that our city is a beautiful place to live in is somehow harmful for the business, you know, if there are no tragedies, there is no funding. I’m not saying that Activists in NGOs are all like that, I’ve witnessed how many people are super passionate about caring for the community and defending it, many of them have gave so much in order to make our city a better place to live in out of pure human interest. I’m not saying neither that Beirut is flawless, oh believe me it got so many flaws that you dunno where to start the counting, and that’s why activists are trying their best to make it a better place to live in with a better quality of human life.
Beirut is not a perfect city to live in, surely. I dunno if there is any other city that is. Why do some people love Beirut that much?! Why some people hate it that much?! What we’re really looking for plays the major role in the decision making on how to judge a city, some people with diverse interest can even create a Love/Hate relation with Beirut.
Why would some foreigners name Beirut the gay haven in the Middle East? Yeah well, many gay bars, many people living independently their gay life, sexy men, freedom on the internet (so far), these are the 1st pictures a tourist can see, and they make his trip a really cool one.
As for me, yeah well I’ve afforded a good life. A good gay one. Not only I’ve afforded it, i chose it. I, the gay man coming from a village, I moved to Beirut, independently from my parents, rented an apartment and lived my gay life totally.
Beirut is an expensive city, yeah well HELLOOOOOO! As expensive for a free gay man, as for a free straight man. Lebanese men in general who wanna move out from the environment that limits them have to pay the price for it. Isn’t that what Gibran Khalil Gibran our most famous philosopher did?! He moved to New York, came back to Beirut, then left again to the US, then to Paris and from it to New York again and again, which wasn’t more affordable than Bcharreh (his hometown, located in the north of Lebanon) you know?!
The villages in the mountains in Lebanon are mostly conservative areas, as any villages anywhere in the world, the city is of course more tolerant, in Italy its the same, as well in Greece, the States or any country in the world.
On why Beirut is a gay haven in the Middle East?! Well it simply gives you the choice, even under a higher price. When you chose to move to it and come out, you don’t expect to spread your coming out to the rest of the village you come from, you come out for your parents and that’s it, you don’t have to carry the rainbow and run in your hometown’s small routes, you don’t have to keep running till you reach the peak of the mountain and put the flag there, you didn’t reach the moon you know?! nor the highest peak in your continent. Well you can if you want, and you have the right to, if you don’t really want.
When I read this blog about Beirut’s Gay Myth, i got nausea. A blog full of judging, judging a person who wanted the funeral of his mother to be calm, a person who’s out and an activist who didn’t want the people in the village to talk about his gay friends while he’s mourning his mother. Well I understand it’s disappointing somehow on the personal level, but to go online and bash him?! Well you want to be a Diva, do it in Broadway. Yet you surely lacked elegance and refinement dealing with this issue. And then, you wanted to affiliate it to a cause?! Beirut’s Gay Myth?!
Well hear me well, yes Beirut is a gay haven for me, I’m living my life superbly, it gave me freedom, Beirut gave freedom to all its seekers. Incidents happen ?! Well a guy was killed in France for being an activist! No city in the Middle East have given refuge for people seeking freedom like Beirut did. Beirut is not fair?! Welcome to capitalism! Europe and America are not, neither are Russia and Brazil. Life is unfair honey. People from a lower class or who don’t have the money cannot afford it?! It’s not true, i didn’t bring my parent’s money with me, i worked my ass off to earn my living, so did most of the straight men who work in Bars, Art and other careers to afford this freedom Beirut provides them. I chose, they did as well….
The funny part is that i received a call today from my brother, he was telling me that i have all the freedom to live my life the way i want to, and to do my revolution on my own, and asked me why do i have to include them in my revolution. I said I’m not. He said yes you are, by being that out, and leading your fights online while all our entourage is seeing and reading about you. I said well this is my problem. He continued saying why do i have to endure people asking me about you. I replied cause you’re my brother and you can easily tell them ask him, or ignore them. He said then why does your mother have to endure it too?! That was sufficient to make me shut up, why?! Cause he mentioned my mother, yes my mother who’s 60 years old, thinking of how she’s enduring the reactions of the society because of me, made me shut up.
Well the funeral of your friend’s mother should have shut you up as well!!!
On why Beirut is a gay haven in the Middle East?! It’s simply the choice of a population to live free, open its gay bars although still unprotected by the law, have those fabulous parties with a will of living and breaking all the rules, and do its revolution.
On why Beirut is Not a Gay Myth?! It’s simply cause you were able to sign your blog with your full name…
Beirut is the gay haven in the Middle East!