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It's no secret that apart from living in homophobic societies, amongst homophobic families, classmates or colleagues, we also have to deal with an increasing amount of homophobia in the media. You'd think because this subject being taboo we won't get to hear about it as much, but I believe a lot of the misunderstanding, prejudice, discrimination and hate stems in part from the kind of coverage LGBT issues get in this region.

When I came out to my family, my mother spent weeks sending me articles and quoting all these ignorant journalists to try and convince me how wrong homosexuality is, how severely punishable it is and worse, how to cure it! I was shocked at the amount of homophobic propaganda out there who take advantage of their gullible readers.

As part of my own battle, a few friends and I have began to write to the editors of any newspapers or the producers of any TV program that attempts to fuel homophobia with their garbage and one-sided reporting. Not once have any of us ever gotten a response, in fact in some cases it seems to have backfired with some papers publishing even more homophobic content. Does anyone have any suggestions on how best to make our voices and perspectives heard to limit homophobic abuse through media channels that are supposed to inform and educate? .

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    Anonymous
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    I know exactly what you mean. It's frightening to say the least. I don't have any other suggestions except to encourage you to keep doing what you and your friends are already doing. Someone is bound to listen one day.

    • 17-24_m_b_h3_f1
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      Keep doing what you do. Maybe even name and shame them. Point out the articles (maybe in a blog?) and debunk them. Make public the letters you write to them, and encourage more to do the same.

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    • 25-34_m_w_h4_f4
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      It's what I want to keep doing too, my only concern is having these bigots hunt me down somehow or attempt to report me. We do it anonymously but you can never be too careful with these things. Of course, once ousted, I risk losing my job or face imprisonment. I only want to make sure that our perspective is heard. I think the widespread censorship and silence on this issue is really harming us and making our lives even harder than it already is, the problem is that refuting it becomes an issue of security, which is why many of us on many occasions have chosen not to.

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    • 35-50_f_w_h3_f4
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      I understand your concerns Samir and I have them as well. I had shut down my personal blog because my fears overpowered my mission to speak up. In your case I would consider what BlueS suggests which is to name and shame these homophobes in a blog dedicated to exposing homophobia in your country. That might invite more letters and even a movement around the idea. I think it will inspire similar actions in neighboring countries.

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    • 17-24_m_w_h1_f3
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      Samir, you know you can contact the Lebanese LGBT media monitor and coordinate with them to spread more information about homophobic media representatives. Possibly, by taking Blue's advice you might start your own local ",,,"ese LGBT media monitor. It's just a thought.

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  • 25-34_f_w_h2_f4
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    believe in the power of the word to change the world
    actions are too dangerous to do in the Arabic society regarding LGBT issues
    keep writing and expressing your feelings someday someone will listen

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      I agree. It's all we can do for now. Anything else feels a bit risky.

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  • Voice your opinion!
    How about you write an article yourself about the matter?
    Make a blog?
    Discussing it on the internet is a really great idea, as of now, but do outside of the LGBT community, as well.
    You could speak publicly about the issue?
    Protest?

    If there is something you do not like, do not keep quiet.
    You must speak up,
    no,
    you must scream.

    • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2
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      I like what you're saying. Also, I think using the Internet is the best way to go on about this, especially today. A much greater audience (some supporters too maybe) and possibly safer too.. Could definitely take advantage of the anonymity.

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  • 25-34_f_w_h2_f3
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    Make an anonymous documentary on youtube, with clips from various videos explaining homosexuality and debunking it's baseless myths.

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