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From the Belly of Arab Queer Activism: Challenges and Opportunities

Lynn Darwich and Haneen Maikey Introduction Lately, the murmurs of Arab LGBT activists have been rising against a “trend” whose critical discourse delves… 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.


Bareed Mista3jil in Milan

On the 23rd of November, 2010, a Bareed Mista3jil presentation was held in Milan, Italy. Two of our members, Athena and Stormie, were invited by the two local lesbian groups to speak about the book and its launch and to present Meem to a Milan audience.

Personal Stories

To Tell Or Not To Tell?

Bareed Mista3jil told the stories of our lives in 41 segments,  and now “Bareed 3a Mahlo” in Bekhsoos speaks of the untold stories.… more »

Poetry, Ramblings & Fiction

10 Years Later…

Reading the latest Bekhsoos issue, I started thinking of a way I could contribute to Part 2 of the Special Edition that looks… more »

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10 Lebanese LGBT Publications

This week and next, we’ll be looking back at a decade of LGBT activism in Lebanon, counting down our favorite moments and analyzing our greatest accomplishments. As we turn a new page of a new year, we must also acknowledge all the work it took to get us here. We start with the Top 10 Lebanese LGBT publications that came out over the past 10 years. I cannot but stand in awe of the amazing feat accomplished collectively by individuals and organizations working for LGBT justice in Lebanon. Here they are in chronological order:

Personal Stories

Voice of the New Generation!

I am a 16-year-old girl and a growing activist. It all began with a magic purple card that was given to me by… more »

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Staged Readings of Bareed Mista3jil in California

Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change & the Global Fund for Women presented two staged readings of “Bareed Mista3jil: True Stories” by Meem, a community of LBTQ women in Lebanon this past week in San Francisco and Berkeley. We received a letter from Saida, one of the organizers:

My dear Sisters, I have the distinct pleasure of acting as the Artistic Director for two staged readings of your wonderful book Bareed Mista3jil [...]