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Being Gay in Egypt

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One day I just decided to be myself .. IN PUBLIC .. And Here's what happened.

I am trying to be androgynous, which is simply a mix of male and female, so I put on my hot shorts, tank top, boots and an ear piercing (the real problem is my body, its not manly enough) and went for a drive.
2 cars spotted me, and kept chasing me for about 20 minutes, and verbally abusing me. I was panicking, scared and tears just froze in my eyes.
I managed to lose them, the only I was thinking of is to go home. So I parked my car finally and went out, just to be sexually harassed by another idiot who grabbed my butt and ran.
I've been sexually harassed many times, called names and pointed at. But what happened that night scared me a lot. I cried my eyes out that night.
I didn't hurt anyone, and never will, and the LGTB community in Egypt is either hidden or just a bunch of sexually frustrated individuals who want to have sex and that's it.
So basically I am alone in this, I don't know what to do, don't have a plan.
I just want someone to talk to ..
That's all ..

T.

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  • 12-16_m_b_h3_f4
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    I'm sorry you feel that way, unfortunately in Kuwait it's not much different but the sexual harassment is not as rampant as it is in Egypt. I had a female friend study there and she wasn't able to continue because of the amount of harassment she got. We have the same problem here with the LGBT community, either hidden or the fake type who want sex on the side while married with kids. Eventually though you start opening up and getting to know real people who face the same struggles as you, so don't give up hope and please be strong. It won't be easy but it will be worth the wait. Living honestly is the key to happiness. Sounds cheesy but it's true! And there are many of us who feel that way, we just don't feel too comfortable being that open about it yet I guess because of the societies we live in.

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    dear tim.
    i have the same case here, really it's very hard to be gay in this comunty, first like you said the way pepole look at us and talk about us and deal with us
    i am a woman with all her emotion's and feeling and need's but...! iam trapet in a male body a very haduos big male body,
    so i cant tell or talk about her to any one ? no one will under stand and a big scandel for me and my family!
    i cant lit her out in publice? she not accepted from any body!
    and even i had to work a hard jop, that hurt my body and skin
    but
    after all that when i had this hotel room by my silfe, and start dressing and pulich my nails and be in a woman condition so she can come out , in this moment i am happy, i forget all those thing ,
    and.. after i had some friend's ( gay ) i become much easy , now i have some one to talk with to share with and go out with
    at the end i just want to tell you you are not alone in this world dear , and tray to have friend's you can trust with you'r secret .

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    MY DEAR TIM .IM CRYING RIGHT NOW .SO SORRY FOR UR CASE BUT IT MAY BE A SORT OF RELEFING IF U KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL LIVING A COMMON LIFE .IM FROM ALGERIA 21 YEARS OLD EACH DAY I START PRAYING THAT IT WILL PASS WITHOUT HURTS AT HOME OR UNIVERCITY OLD YOUNG POEPLE CLOSE OR FAR ARE ALL THE SAME INSULTS & SEXUALL ABUSE EVEN FROM MY FAMILY MEMBERS AS COUSINS TEATCHERS .....ALL WHAT THEY WANT IS SEX FROM A GAY COZ GIRLS ARE NOT AVAILABLE .I HOPE ONE DAY WE MEET SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT AS & deos not make US CRY OR HURTS .U KNOW WHAT MAKE ME STAND AN OTHER DAY IN THIS LIFE A PRIEST HIS MY FRIEND HE TOLD ME THAT GOD CREAT US LOVE US SO WE HAVE TO LOVE OUR SELFS & BE LOVED & who NEEDS POEPLE LOVE WHEN GOD DO LOVES US .LOVE U TIM AND WE ARE FROM NOW FRIENDS MY FACE BOOK IF U WANT IS MISSOU DALI SO WE CAN TALK .MAY GOD BE WITH U AND MAKE U STRONGER AND HAPPIER FRIEND .LOVE U

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  • Hey Tim, don't worry dude, you're not alone and we've all been there! I fully understand your need to express who you are in public, specially when you kept it hidden for so long... Recently I tried to express step by step who I am but without being very showy, specially that I have a very manly look! I started wearing a pink peace sign on my wrist, which is symbolic and may refer to LGBT rights (specially the color pink if you've studied the Nazis as much as I did). People look at it and ask me what it is and I tell them what does the peace sign stands for, I publicly acknowledge that I support LGBT rights but without saying that I am gay... so it's kind of saying that you exist and proud but not in a direct way!
    Most importantly, it depends who you frequently meet, and where you usually hang out... if you come from the upper class society you 'll be more free with your dress code and with your liberal thought.. si just be careful!

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