Or Maybe HRC Has Already Co-Opted Lebanon and is Already Planning a Black-Tie Event for Beirut

From Muftah:

LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon.  A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a “same sex relationship with a man” – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is “not unnatural.” Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts “contradicting the laws of nature.”

Mirroring coverage of LGBTQ advancement in the Western world, however, a vast majority of reports, blogs, tweets, and celebratory Instagram posts conspicuously erase the critical role of trans people in securing this victory.

The landmark ruling originated in a case brought against a transwoman, yet coverage of the “historic statement” has almost exclusively used the word “gay.”

As Joelle Ruby Ryan summed it up on Facebook:

Western homocentric media has erased trans identity and activism in its coverage of the recent victory in Lebanon.

As I sum it up: Same as it ever was, same as it ever was….

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