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    Haven't joined yet but in the process of doing so... I hope to find more people who can sympathize with our struggle for justice and equality all over the Arab and Muslim world.

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      Welcome!

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    • 17-24_m_w_h2_f1
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      Great! I'm sure you'll!

      Enjoy your stay waiting for the big launch!

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    • Hello,
      I'm happy that because I found this great website soon I'll be writing more for u guys..
      I have a suggestion please put the dates and time of the posts and comments its really important..

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    I've joined to support LGBT rights, hope we could really help.

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  • 17-24_m_w_h2_f1
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    We will, Hor!

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  • 25-34_m_w_h4_f3
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    Go Ahwaa!!!

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  • 17-24_f_w_h2_f4
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    I am so so happy to see that the youth of the Middle East are trying to help and support LGBT people. Everyone deserves the same rights, everyone deserves love, and no government, religion, society, culture, group or individual should stand in the way of those rights.
    I am in a hetero relationship and very happy but I have many friends who are gay and it breaks my heart to see them ostracised and downtrodden by homophobia. This breeds guilt and shame and there is absolutely no reason to feel either!
    I really hope to be a part of this change, I'd love to live in a world where people are not discriminated against due to their desire to love who they want to love.

    A lot of people will be able to relate to LGBT individuals as they face issues like not being able to marry who they want to marry due to religious or cultural differences, the vast difference in how men and women are treated, and so on. I hope more straight people will realise that they have a lot more in common with LGBT than they thought, and that a world that promotes and fosters love rather than breeds hate is something we should all strive for - regardless of age, race, or sexual preference.

    To all of you out there who feel alone, guilty or ashamed please dont be!! You are perfect and beautiful and you shouldnt live for anyone or anything besides yourself and what you want. Do not change a single thing about you for the sake of others, even family, because you've only got one life to live. Dont live a lie, and dont deny yourself the right and incredible privilege to love :)

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    I joined partially to support the efforts of Esra'a Al-Shafei, whom I am indebted to for her tireless fight for the rights and safety of the Baha'is of the world.

    I joined also to lend the perspective of a Western Baha'i with a homosexual father to the discussion, and to try and promote a truthful and civil conversation that examines the issues up for debate in a rational way, separated from the common politics and prejudices.

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  • Hi guys! I actually just joined to take a peek at this wonderful site. The little bit I've read is really great, supportive stuff. Life can be so complicated sometimes and I think AHWAA.ORG might really be able to help a little.

    For whatever it's worth, please know that wherever you are and whatever your circumstances are, there are people you've never even met who believe in you and hope for the best for you.

    Good luck everyone!
    -- DG

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      يا جماعة احنا عايشين معاكم وبيكم ومش كلنا بنعرف انجليش سعدونا ولخصوا المواضيع بالعربي
      لكى نشارككم طرحكم وافكاركم ولكم جميعا تحياتى وحبى

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    • 25-34_f_w_h1_f2
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      a friend told me about it !

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    Hello! I have not joined yet as well... I think Ahwaa is a great idea and it will not only be a good way to support LGBTQ community but also help heterosexuals like myself to better understand struggles of LGBTQ community in MENA. Many thanks and wishing best of luck to all...

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  • 25-34_f_w_h2_f4
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    I knew about Ahwaa through face book so i thought of joining it and give it a try .. i like what i am seeing so far its good to meet respected Arab lgbt people

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    Hello to everyone. I am new to this community and just have signed up. First of all, I just wanted to say that I think that all of you are very brave to stand up and fight for what you believe in, and your personal identity. I don´t reside in the Middle East (even if I have always found the culture of those countries to be a fascinating one beyond measure...), but I am a bisexual man and activist on my local group of LGBT rights. I was looking for LGBT organizations on the Arab world when I came across to this, and I must admit I was gladly surprised. I hope to get to meet all of you on time. Well, I guess I dunno what else to write. Just wish all of you a wonderful weekend :) Kisses.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h2_f1
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    When I first came across the website, I signed up and went through the topics but I found it difficult to comment and participate. I was just an observer. For me, it was the first time I had actually found a LGBT community in the Middle East and I guess I was afraid of becoming a part of the community itself because it meant that I was acknowledging a future that was unconventional, considered wrong and hated by just about everyone I knew.

    But then I realized that this was really an opportunity. I would live my life the way I'm meant to and I wouldn't be alone. I'd have people who understand me, will guide me and generally be there for me.

    That made it easier for me to start a new topic and eventually start commenting on other topics. It helps knowing that I'm not an abnormality and that there's a future for me.

    I hope this community grows, I really do.

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    It would be nice to get in touch with other middle eastern LGBT folks. I see alot of them are on manjam.com. Anyways, we need to do more to make MENA a better place for humanity.

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  • ESRA'AAAA MADE ME

    I am going to go cry in a corner now

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  • 12-16_f_w_h2_f3
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    Hola!
    I'm glad I found this place looks great!
    Hoping to make new friends and learn new things !
    Hugs!

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  • 17-24_m_b_h3_f1
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    I joined cause i saw the link below the Podcast Homesick Iranian family shares future hope. Were dear Ahmed interviewed my mother and me.
    Looks like this will turn out to be a great community were people can share their experiences, advices and so on.

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  • 17-24_m_w_h3_f1
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    Hello Nadir, Edel, Skyflake, MirAmin, Laith, Brunette and DennisN, my friend!

    I hope you all enjoy your stay on Ahwaa, and find it useful. I hope it adds something to you, and you add something to it!

    Dear Dennis, I hope you, and your mother, have liked the interview!

    All the best!

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  • 17-24_m_w_h1_f3
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    Hiya

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  • I joined ahwaa just the other day, because I had no idea something like this existed, but I joined because I thought it would be nice and validating to see, meet, and hear other queer Middle Eastern people and their stories and struggles. I came here to learn, try to figure out what it's really like to be living in the middle east and queer so that I have a better understanding. I feel like because of my queer experience with our culture I've distanced myself so much, but I'm looking to reconnect and try to be the change I want to see in my own communities. Hoping to meet people who feel, and want to do the same.

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  • 17-24_f_b_h1_f2
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    i have been enjoying this place so far. i didn't realize that so many people were in the same shoes as me. i started out as a lurker too.

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  • That was me by the way, I didn't mean to post anonymously. I though it was a requirement, sorry, I'm new :P.

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  • 17-24_f_w_h2_f1
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    Hello and welcome to Ahwaa! You're right, this is a safe haven. This website, the community here, has really helped me out. I've come a long way in a year, since I've been out, and I know for sure that it would have taken *much* longer if I hadn't had the wonderful members here sharing their experiences and helping me be more tolerant with myself and not feel so alone, or like a freak. I'm glad you found this website and I hope we can see more of you here :D

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  • Good for you, you seem like such a nice person (I've seen other comments for you).
    And thanks for the warm welcome :).

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  • 17-24_f_w_h2_f1
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    Awh thanks isntanything :) Glad to have you here!

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