[ View the story "'I'm Muslim and I'm against homophobia'" on Storify] 'I'm Muslim and I'm against homophobia' Online campaign promotes 'Love for All' in the Arab world.
The Stream· Thu, May 09 2013 10:40:04
, US-based activist Maher al Haj spoke about the campaign:
We aim to educate not only the LGBTQ Arab community but also reach out to others as well who might have many misconceptions about us.tunisia-live.net
We are humans like others, we exist everywhere and we deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated within the fabrics of our societies like all other groups in society.tunisia-live.net
Translation: Gay or not gay, what does that change for you?
Translation: Homophobia does not have a religion. I am Muslim and I am against homophobia.
One follower from Morocco submitted a photo against article 489 of the country's penal code, which criminalises homosexual acts. The sign reads:
In solidarity with the homosexuals detained in Temara city. Love is not a crime.
Translation: The kingdom of Morocco is a country of rights, law, and democracy. So where are the rights of the people?
Translation: If I weren't gay, I wouldn't have learned four languages. I needed these languages after being rejected by my society. I had to learn three languages to communicate with people outside of my society. My homosexuality is responsible for 90 per cent of my knowledge and culture.
Translation: Homophobia is garbage.
The campaign sparked conversation online. From
, a commenter on Tunisia Live:
I did not “see” any citizens holding signs. Until people can be brave enough to show their faces nothing will change.tunisia-live.net
They are showing that they exist, that is better than nothing. Things like this take time. Unfortunately.tunisia-live.net
Submissions have already been posted from Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, and Algeria.
Aswat will continue the campaign throughout the month of May.
How do you think this campaign will impact daily realities of homosexuals in Arab countries? Let us know in the comments below.