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A Jihad for Love

Moebarak is in Egypte afgetreden als president. Niemand weet of er een regimewijziging komt, en hoe het bestuur met de mensenrechten om zal gaan. En holebi-rechten zijn mensenrechten.

Parvez Sharma is de maker van de documentaire klassieker over homorechten in de Moslimwereld, “A Jihad for Love” (2004). Hij chatte tijdens de afgelopen spannende periode dagelijks met zijn vrienden in Cairo en probeerde zich een beeld te vormen van de situatie en de verwachtingen van holebi’s.

Sharma:
hi
MMQahira:
hey
Sharma:
u there?
MMQahira:
yes i’m here
Sharma:
did u go out today?
MMQahira:
well.. i go out every day
only within our street limits
Sharma:
which area? not to tahrir?how r u getting info? al jazeera?
MMQahira:
for a week i’ve been stuck between our living room & patrolling the street with the rest of the guys downstairs…im in mohandeseen
Sharma:
have not been to tahrir?
MMQahira:
we watch a combo of cnn/bbc/jazeera/arabiyya
have not been to tahrir
have friends there

Sharma:
do u think cnn is doing a good job?
MMQahira:
uhmm
tough question
i think they are doing the best they can
each channel tends to be operating within its own limits
Sharma:
what news frm frnds in tahrir?
how many frnds there?
anyone hurt?
MMQahira:
5 that i know of
Sharma:
able to talk on cell?
MMQahira:
they go in the morning when things are OK
yes we talk on the cell
Sharma:
while they are there?
MMQahira:
they were delivering medical supplies and food
Sharma:
and they leave before nightfall?
is it true that 6 people were killed yesterday?
MMQahira:
my friends’ mom went in the afternoon and was not allowed to go into tahrir and was shoved out of her car and all supplies thrown on the ground…it seems true of course
Sharma:
how old is she?
MMQahira:
have u not seen the images from tahrir at 4am?
i’d say mid fifties
Sharma:
yes I have
non stop
all night
I have not slept much for a week
watching al Jazeera and on phone to Cairo all the time…
and writing updates on twitter
MMQahira:
the thing is… no one is able to objectively say WHO was responsible for last night’s massacre

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Holebi-rechten eventueel na de revolutie

een burger kust een militair op het Tahrir-plein

“IceQueer” is een Marokkaans-Egyptische homo en blogger. Hij is student medicijnen en loopt stage in Cairo. Hij bemant een veldhospitaal op het Tahrir-plein en publiceerde afgelopen zaterdag (gisteren)  een interview met zichzelf (lees het volledige interview).

IceQueer vertelt dat het Tahrir-plein ook een gekende cruisingplaats was voor homo’s, en dat hij daar nu al veel lol over gehad heeft met zijn vrienden. En verder…

Can you describe the social/cultural situation for LGBT people in Egypt in the last few years?
IceQueer: It’s diverse and it’s like most of LGBT communities around the world; you’ve all kinds of social and culture differences from deeply conservatives to utterly liberal. But the exposure to western media via internet and TV helped a lot of people in understanding more about their sexuality and how to accept it…etc I already see that the new generation takes less time in accepting their sexuality than older generation used to

Can you be out and gay in Egypt?
IQ: It depends on your personality, your social class, your friends and your family. For me, I’m openly gay to my parents and all of my close straight friends.

Are you out to some people in Egypt, and if yes, what kind of responses do you get?
IQ: Like I said before, I’m out to all of my close friends. You get various responses, some would say they wouldn’t lose a friend just because you’ve different preferences in bed, some would go into long tiring debates with you whether homosexuality is sinful or not and whether it’s a choice or not…etc. Again it all depends on one’s personality, social environment and religious background.

How do people meet each other?
IQ: Mostly through dating website on the internet but you can also meet guys in private house gay parties and gatherings.

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