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.


Anonymous Mary said...

Beirut/Mideast in general and Helem were both discussed in an article posted Fri. on the CNN World page at

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 :)


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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