Monday, May 29, 2006

Gay Pride parade in Beriut

I still can't imagine these changing times in the Arab world without George Bush.
These are changing times in Lebanon too, according to George Azzi, the co-ordinator for Helem, which is the Arabic acronym for Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders. Helem also means dream in Arabic.

It's the first such organisation in the Arab world.

"In Lebanon, they're still trying to 'cure' homosexuality, so this event is a way for us to explain what homosexuality is.

"But things have been changing, especially in Beirut, gays are more accepted and Helem is becoming much more visible," said Mr Azzi.

It's only the second year that Helem has organised a public event - the first year very few people attended.


Smart Man said...

Then you don't have much of an imagination

Levois said...

Well this is a good post. I don't think some of these changes wouldn't have happened without President Bush invading Iraq. Hopefully this is just one sign of a freer Middle East.

Pro-War and therefore Anti-Bush said...

Saying Invading Iraq led to this is like saying The White Sox winning the World Series led to George Ryan's conviction. Just because one thing happened before the other in the same part of the world does not indicate causality.

Why don't you show the Lebanese people some credit instead of twisting their real accomplishments into a justification of a war that has tragically been a failure when 150,000 more troops could have made it the ideal stable democracy the Muslim Middle East needs.

Bill Baar said...

Walid Jumblatt
got it right,

It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it.

Pro-War and therefore Anti-Bush said...

If that's the case, then the sight of Palestinians voting a few months later should have been just as effective. Accelerating this "Berlin Wall" moment by a few months was certainly not worth the lives lost because of a total lack of realistic planning before the Iraq War.