Why TimeOut Beirut Doesn't Have a Gay Page
I find her reasoning faulty, at best. Here's why:
First, gay venues are already publicized. They're listed by Helem, #Gaylebanon Undernet, countless news articles, Lonely Planet, this blog, and billboards. How much more publicity do you need?
Secondly, the people readng TimeOut Beirut are going to be the more liberal of Beirutis. They have to speak Enlgish, for one. Plus, a conservative Muslim from the suburbs is unlikely to pick up a magazine that is titled "SEX" and displays underwear at the knees.
I figured there was something up, and I discussed it with an acquaintance of mine who works there. He said the real reason TimeOut Beirut did not have a gay page is because it was worried about losing its publication license. It's not to protect gay people, it's to protect itself. It's worried that the government will dislike its pro-gay stance and inflict negative repercussions. I understand that. I just wish the magazine were honest about it.
One last thing: I hate that TimeOut Beirut lists Club Acid as the only gay-friendly venue in Beirut. It makes Beirut seem less gay-friendly than it is, and it's simply untrue. Of all the gay-friendly venues (Acid, Walimat Wardeh, Wolf, UV, X-OM, etc.), Acid is one of the least gay-friendly.