Fragment I

I miss the light I see through a pair of loving eyes,
I miss the caress of gentle hand,
I miss the press of lips against mine,
A promise of peace, security, togetherness.

© Mira Abdullah

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The Riddle: new anti-homophobia message from UN human rights office

Will that make any difference in Egypt?!

Human Rights - LGBTQ

76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. In this simple, high-impact video from the UN human rights office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world. The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The UN’s message: LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal.

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A Bunch of Homophobic Sadists

I have just came across the disastrous news of the arrest of 14 and 70 gay men in different raids in Egypt. (http://gazzi.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/testimonies-following-the-arrest-of-14-gay-men-in-egypt/)

The point that is making me lose my mind right now; is this the most trouble the country, police and military are facing these days?! The whole country is messed up with political unrest and the lack of security and they are arresting and charging people with ‘sodomy’, ‘immoral acts’ and ‘debauchery’!! Where is the logic in that?! They are prosecuting people based on their personal choices, that, I might add, harm absolutely no one and leaving criminals running in the streets! Does that make sense to anyone?!

Sometimes I really lose all hope that gay men and women will ever enjoy any rights what so ever in this country; not even after a million years! The public mentality is flawed in itself. People are judgemental and they would tell you that everything the country is going through is the result of the ‘Wrath of God’ because we tolerate debauchery and alcohol. They will cite you Sodom and Gomorrah! Goodness; my own family believe in this!

So, what is next?! What will the future hold for us?!

Musings

The idea of gay or queer identity always struck me not only as weird but also quite limiting! Is sexuality really the main indicator and sum of our personalities? I do not believe so!

In Ancient Greece people had relationships with both men and women and it was accepted socially. Though, they did not identify with a specific behavioural pattern. They were free to act as they wish, to have sex with whomever they wanted and to love whom they loved. No stereotyping. I mean, the greatest group of warriors in Greece were the Sacred Band (300 men who were couples, all of them. I.e. 150 couples). They were not condemned by the society, highly respected and they did not have to behave in a certain way. So, what does that say about us?!

The idea of sexuality is rather new, we all know that. So, were not there any two people of the same sex who actually loved each other and remained faithful for their entire lives? I think there were. One of the example that pop into my mind is Alexander the Great and his childhood friend Hephaestion.  Whether they relationship was sexual or not, no one can deny that it was the emotional constant in Alexander’s life. I am sorry for diverging into history like that. But the truest examples of our (homosexual) culture is in Ancient cultures!

My point is: Why, in the 21st century, we constrain our selves into a word? Can we not stop labelling ourselves and simply be ourselves without putting a tag onto our lives? Will not that provide us with more freedom to act as we wish without being subjected to stereotyping? Do I have to act in certain way to be a true lover of women? Most people do not believe me when they know I am lesbian and they think I am pulling their legs! And straight people find my behaviour quite weird! And why is that?! Because I act in my own way which does not really conform to any particular side of this equation.

So, do we harm ourselves, as homosexual men and women, with labelling ourselves as such? Or is there a beneficial side here that I cannot see?