Homosexuality in the Lebanese Media
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Homosexuality in the Lebanese Media
The image of homosexuals in the Lebanese media is very stereotypical.
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Helem's official fb page. instant updates, current issues about homosexuality and media in Lebanon 

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This book focuses on two major foreign TV series in which they represent homosexuality. It is going to be very useful since their representation differs a lot from the Lebanese one especially in the Lebanese TV series. This book also provides solutions and methodologies that are in support of homosexuality and against stereotyping. I find this highly relevant and applicable on the Lebanese society.

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I chose to use this book since it studies how popular culture images like film and TV reinforce heterosexual norms which are leading to more oppression and stereotype of queers in the US society. It also discusses how class and regional locations are related to gender and sexual expression. This asserts the idea that indeed a stereotype of queers does exist in the society. Even if it’s not a study about the Lebanese society; however, I found the logic of the arguments proposed very rational and applicable on the Lebanese society as well. 

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Lebanese Anal Exams on "Suspected" Homosexuals

--Lebanese protest anal exams on suspected homosexuals. --On the Bonus Show: Particle allows humans to live without breathing, Usain Bolt drinks $125,000 bot...
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Demonstration - anal exams onsuspected homosexuals, 8 months ago

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JSTOR: Middle East Report, No. 206 (Spring, 1998), pp. 32-36

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This article talks about the representation of homosexuals in the Egyptian cinema. Egyptian media is more similar to the Lebanese one than other Arab countries in terms of openness. It is a full study of how it all started and developed throughout history. It has a lot of examples of how women used to take roles of men and vice versa. This is not very common in the Lebanese media but the stereotypical concept about homosexuality is the same in both countries.

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JSTOR: Middle East Report, No. 230 (Spring, 2004), pp. 30-33

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This article is going to be very useful to defend and prove that the image of homosexuals in Lebanon is very stereotypical. The way the author describes how specific places in Lebanon (which he names) treat homosexuals, are an evidence of the Lebanese homophobia. This article also states the Lebanese law that says homosexuality is illegal. 

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The top gay blogs of Beirut... or bottom ones. (by BGB)
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One week ago, Ghost closed. Lebanese, Gay, Blogs
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This book is going to be extremely useful for me not because it has a lot of information about homosexuality and media because it doesn’t but because it studies provocatively the aspects of judging homosexuals which is the main cause of having a stereotypical image about them in any society and any media; therefore, it can be applicable in our Lebanese society. This research is going to show us how homosexuality affects all the elements that form a society including media.

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Mafi Metlo - Majdi w Wajdi

Mafi Metlo - Majdi w Wajdi 09-02-2012
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gzukesj1228247.pdf

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This research article is a survey on how young Lebanese adults think about homosexuals. It is a quantitative approach with charts and numbers and is very specific since they divided the results according to each Lebanese district. The variation of results can be clearly seen between one district and another. This article is pure proof for my topic so I will use the results to prove that homosexuality in our Lebanese society is very stereotypical which does result in a stereotypical image about them in the Lebanese media. I think it would be nice to use such a research so that not all my articles are purely philosophically theoretical. Plus, I think using the opinion of regular Lebanese citizens is as important as taking an expert’s opinion on the subject. 

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JSTOR: Middle East Report, No. 206 (Spring, 1998), pp. 8-11+37

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I chose this article since it makes a clear differentiation between how the western culture deals with homosexuality in a modern way and how the Middle Eastern political culture is extremely based on its old religious traditions and beliefs. This will make my research consistent with the roots and real reasons (religious and traditional beliefs aspects) of why the homosexual image is stereotypical and why the Middle Eastern society is homophobic.

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Beirut,%20The%20Provincetown%20of%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf

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I chose this article since it describes the current situation of homosexuals in Lebanon. In contrast to its media, the Lebanese society shows openness about this issue somehow in having gay friendly pubs and nongovernmental organizations that support them like “Helem”. I am going to use this to raise the irony of the subject: if individuals do accept this issue then, why as a society, this issue is not acceptable or to be made fun of?

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