Tuesday, April 3, 2012

An interesting debate over at @UAELGBTR

The local United Arab Emirates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Rights group have been having a very interesting debate with Jalal BinThaneya (@Binthaneya), a prominent Emirati activist for the mentally and physically disabled, on Twitter today.

Interesting until accusations of spreading HIV everywhere and the like broke out, I mean. The debate has been about, well, being gay and Muslim in the UAE, and you can imagine which side of the discussion BinThaneya falls down on. UAELGBTR, who have added a rainbow to the UAE coat of arms to create their logo, are a courageous bunch if there ever was, even while anonymous.

I have to say I liked these tweets this best so far:

The group also seems to be on some sort of publicity push. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/GLBTHumanRightsUAE


LOWELL said...

i feel for them, but you just can't have everything , I guess.i'am lucky enough to have come from a country that somehow "accepted" us as a people.

moe said...

Regardless of what they may feel, using the state symbol in this way is illegal. They could've done it in ways that are at least legal, as it'll probably never be socially acceptable (even though there's quite a number of LGBTR people residing in the UAE as citizens and expatriates).

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