Thursday, June 01, 2006

Not a Pride March!

Both the Lebanese Political Journal and Beirut Spring erroneously reported that the celebration of the International Day of Homophobia last month was a Gay Pride march. It was not such thing! I assume they thought it was because they saw this photo in a BBC article:



The picture is of Helem supporters at the 2005 Beirut Marathon, and not a Pride celebration. While I wish the marathon had been a Gay Pride celebration, it clearly wasn't, as Helem's participation in the Marathon Village was cancelled by the organizing committee, even after Helem had signed a contract and paid all the relevant fees. Its water stand, which won "Most Creative Refreshment Stand" was offered as a consolation.

Beirut has never had a Gay Pride, although I severely wish it would. The Lebanese Political Journal and Beirut Spring just got my hopes up.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mary said...

Beirut/Mideast in general and Helem were both discussed in an article posted Fri. on the CNN World page at http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/02/ime.gorani/index.html

Although the article was quite short, it did raise some awareness...which is always a good thing! If there's anything you think the article should've included but didn't, said incorrectly, or glossed over, I would love to hear those thoughts :)

Mary

June 04, 2006 5:58 AM  
Blogger Al-Fil said...

I think the article is great in protraying the obstacles for gay people in the MIddle East. The fact that most terms for homosexuality are pejorative is especially poignant.

Actually I have a lot to say. I'll make a post.

June 04, 2006 10:46 PM  

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