Dailies & Diaries/ يوميات ومذكرات ten-teabags-exactly-600x300

10 teabags exactly

June 2012 This is not a hotel room this is home for a week She asks me are you Turkish? Sitting in the… more »

Health & Well-being / صحة ورفاهية why-arent-i-an-emergency-case-300x600

Why Wasn’t I An Emergency Case?

When teta passed away in February, my father and I hadn’t spoken to each other for over two years. My relationship with him… more »

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Best of Bekhsoos: “Panties and Bras Included”

Dear Readers, As many of you have noticed and complained about, Bekhsoos has been on a break for a while now. We apologize for… more »

Opinion Pieces

A Response to FP’s “Underground and in the Closet: The state of the gay Middle East”

On June 15th, 2011, Foreign Policy featured David Kenner’s “Underground and in the Closet: The State of the gay Middle East.” Indeed, having had… more »

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“Panties and Bras Included”

Inspired by the march to “Take Back the Night” for International Women’s Day in Beirut, Lebanon. Dedicated to my good friend Zee who’s… more »

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Framing Visibility: Coming Out and the International LGBT Spectrum of Progress

In 2007, Meem was launched as a little lesbian support group in Lebanon. At the time, and after 4 years of trying to organize alongside a majority of gay men within the framework of LGBT public advocacy, we had understood that in order to create a strong and empowered movement, we were to create a safe space to ourselves as women first. We had also understood that for women to feel safe enough to explore, share, and experience their relationships with their sexuality, confidentiality and anonymity had to be key elements in our organizing.

Personal Stories

Conversations with Mom

Age 9-10, Home Lynn: Mom, c’est quoi la masturbation? Mom: C’est donner plaisir à soi-même. Lynn is very very confused and spends two more years… more »


We Are All Transgenders

This issue of Bekhsoos brings together stories by transgenders in our community. The idea came in light of the 12th annual Transgender Day of… more »