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Interview: Gays and the Libyan revolution, before and after (part one)

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  1. Interesting article … look forward to hearing more from Khaleed …

    Great to see LGBT people being given more courage to speak out and stand up following the Arab Spring …

    Things can change …

    We need to support and encourage these guys….

    Thanks for speaking out Khaleed …

    Will the UK, France and UN make the same demands of the new Libyan regime in the same way they do elsewhere on human rights grounds? I hope we seek impartiality and fairness

  2. It’s inspiring to see someone speaking out in spite of being persecuted by the authorities in the past.

    I hope PinkNews is taking appropriate steps to ensure that he’s not putting himself at risk by doing these interviews!

  3. I know I shouldn’t really think this, but Africa is one creepy place. Well, everything above the borders of South Africa.

  4. jamestoronto 8 Feb 2012, 1:09pm

    Khaleed — I am assuming for his own safety that is not his real name — shows a lot of courage in coming forward with his comments. We all hope that post-revolution Libya will take a more humane approach towards ALL human rights. But, if Tunisia is any example, that will be a long way off.

  5. Gay Middle East 8 Feb 2012, 1:41pm

    Khaleed is very brave, on friday we will post the second part of the interview.

    I will ask him what we can do to support him from Europe and North America.

    Thank you guys for the message of support, you don’t know how touching it is for Khaleed.

    Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people feel totally alone in Libya. Your words and maybe even actions will help them a lot.

    1. I’ve been waiting for this kind of report for a long time.

      Thank you Khaleed, and more please.

    2. Libyan journalist 14 Feb 2012, 3:54pm

      Where can i find part 2 of the interview?

  6. This guy is exceptionally brave. I can’t imagine how horrifying it would be to be outed by complete strangers who have been spying on you in secret. I also can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a country that makes acting on your innate sexuality illegal.

    However, when I read this:
    “The technology to monitor the internet and entrap people… unfortunately comes from governments and companies in the West”

    I couldnt help but think:
    “As does the Internet itself…
    The fools who use the technology against you come from your own country and the technology was most likely manufactured by some poor b@st@rd in China”

    It seems to me that it’s neither a problem with the West nor is it a problem with the Libyans. The whole planet is full of cnuts. The west is not an enemy of the LGBT Libyans the cnuts all over the world are.

    We all need to stop thinking of the world as a divided flat map of West, East and Middle East. Neither region is populated by a superior or inferior people.

    1. Are you ranting?

  7. Humm Bel haj want to Close hairdressers In Tripoli to Protect Virtue and fight the vice … This says everything about individual Rights in Libya … You can read Here http://www.middle-east-online.com/?id=118115 … Ask Jornalist why they didn’t report this agenda of Bel Haj!!

  8. Ratko Mladic 8 Feb 2012, 10:21pm

    Gaddafi was brave man.

  9. Great news.

    It’s the exact opposite of what happened in Iraq. LGBT people were safer uner Saddam it would be great to get Iraqi point of view too.

    this stinks of propoganda to justify Israel attacking Iran

  10. Im a libyan and I am gay and I lived in libya for a while before setting in the west.
    there were many cases of persecution for homosexuals in Libya during during gaddafi era and , I myself reproted a case to amnesty international two years ago,the case was imprisoned a married man for 5 years because he was found have oral sex with another man inside his car.
    If you need more details a bout these cases , you can find them from the office of general persecution in Tripoli.
    the freedom fighters (revolutionaries) in Libya are more tolerant towards gays and some of them are bi or gays.
    I have many gay friends in Libya who are having their gay life secretly behind close doors, it is not a great freedom but it is better than nothing.
    Libyan gays are forced to get married by their families and society , and this is the only way to avoid bullying .

    1. Gay Middle East 9 Feb 2012, 5:28pm

      Hi Reda,
      I am sure Khaleed, as well as we, would be interested to hear about this. Please get in touch with us if you can:
      editor@gaymiddleeast.com

  11. Best wishes of peace, freedom, safety and happiness to Khaleed and all the other lgbt citizens of the Middle East. You can be proud of your courageous speaking out, Khaleed.

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