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Gay Tunisians speak out

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  1. The LGBT community in Tunisia is facing a tremendous challenge.

    Gay Day Magazine appears to have ceased its updates, but it recommends using its Facebook account for the time being.

    I am so hoping to see a democracy take root in Tunisia, a democracy which will respect all human rights.

    1. Gay Middle East 27 Jan 2012, 3:10am

      Yes lets remain hopeful :)
      Btw, GayDay is alive and well, its last post was indeed on the 13th, but we are pleased to announce Fedi is very much alive & well, and so is the magazine he edits :)

      He was interviewed for the article above and even gave an extra commentary yesterday (explaining about the recent political campaigns that misuse homosexuality as a tool to discredit opposing views).

      The facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gayday.mag is active :)

      I am sure we are going to see much more soon!

      1. Thanks for your input, GME, and yea… let’s see much more soon.. :)

        Love your attitude… xox :D

        1. Gayday Magazine 28 Jan 2012, 12:48am

          Thank you Jonpol and GME :)
          Yes, very much alive here. Really appreciating the support guys.

          Democracy is being uploaded slowly but steadily in Tunisia. Keeping an eye on tomorrow’s march for liberties organised by a group of secular parties.

          and just like how GME explained, I reassure you, new stories are coming this week with new cover designs.

          GME is also a great resource for accurate updates from the whole region, I really recommend it :)
          The fb page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gay-Middle-East/

  2. Holiday booked! Yasmine Hammamet, 14 nights, all inclusive, 4 star, it’s going to be magical.

    1. Charles Bayliss 27 Jan 2012, 1:02pm

      Beware of holidays in Tunisia. My partner and I went there about 5 years ago and returned to Malta almost dead. We had food poisoning from a supposedly 5 Star hotel. We were a group of 24 people. Only two returned unharmed.

      1. well for me, i had food poisonning in the US and never in tunisia, guess you should not stay on just 1 bad experience ! Food in tunisia is just my favorite in the world, but not in hotels, it stinks.

  3. GingerlyColors 27 Jan 2012, 6:50am

    It may be nice to see democracy in Tunisia but we must remember that hardline Islamic parties can now have a say in Tunisian politics. Even ‘moderate’ Islamic organisations have the decriminalization of homosexuality way down on their list of priorities. As for the secularists who offer LGBT Tunisians the most hope will they get a look in in post Jasmine Revolution Tunisia? Don’t forget, Hitler got voted in.
    Yet again I ask the Tunisian people to prove me wrong and make your country more gay friendly.

    1. Gay Middle East 27 Jan 2012, 10:10am

      Why “prove you”? Just have some compassion and try to think for a minute about the situation and the people. Why comparison with Hitler? The UK had a criminal code for homosexuality which was ENFORCED until the 1957, and then other codes like “indecency”, “obscenity” etc which was enforced until the 1990s, but we wouldn’t say the UK would vote a Hitler then?

      In Tunisia the law isn’t enforced, of course the situation isn’t a bed of roses, but the country just had a revolution and got rid of a dictator. The election, for the first time, elected a moderate Islamic party, which claim to be akin to something like say the Christian Democracts in Germany. Maybe they are, or maybe they are not, lets see.

      Meanwhile we are sure you would join us in solidarity with the LGBT community in Tunisia :)

      Hugs

      1. Gayday Magazine 28 Jan 2012, 1:01am

        Indeed, Tunisia is witnessing a democratic transition. Many factors paved the road for the Islamists to top the polls, mainly due the absence of a political awareness. Great deal of the people never voted before and to trust a political party seemed an alien thing to a majority.
        Though homosexuality is breaking the taboo shield and is being publicly used in political bashing. Agreeing such a man-oeuvre is increasing a sense of hysteria and homophobia but equally, LGBT activists are mobilized and the fight for our rights and for equality is on.
        So far a radio and a magazine besides countless Facebook pages are flooding the Tunisian corner of the internet and public press is speaking about the matter…
        LGBT people in Tunisia practically continue to live their lives as always, the few gay-friendly spots relatively still exist. This is a sensitive face and we’re crossing fingers and trying to push the wheel for a faster transition… :)

      2. GingerlyColors 28 Jan 2012, 6:45am

        I mentioned Hitler because in a democracy, when things go wrong and the people feel disenfranchised, there is a tendency for voters to flirt with the extremists.
        While the laws against homosexuality are not enforced in Tunisia at the moment, the fact is they are still on the statute books and should the new government decide to start arresting gays, they do not have to pass any laws to do so.
        Look at Egypt, homosexuality in itself is not criminalized but under Mubarak they started harrassing gays by using other laws. Whether things will improve there I do not know.

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