I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on thıs blog are true and not mısleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone -- I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.I am thankful that the truth has now come out about the blog, but it raises troubling thoughts. Did Tom help the situation of LGBT individuals in the Middle East by writing this blog? Can someone who is not in the actual situation illuminate the problems encountered by those who are? If yes to both of these questions, is misrepresentation and deceit acceptable for the greater good? What do you all think?
I only hope that people pay as much attention to the people of the Middle East and their struggles in thıs year of revolutions. The events there are beıng shaped by the people living them on a daily basis. I have only tried to illuminate them for a western audience.
This experience has sadly only confirmed my feelings regarding the often superficial coverage of the Middle East and the pervasiveness of new forms of liberal Orientalism.
However, I have been deeply touched by the reactions of readers.
July 12, 2011
The sole author of all posts on this blog
Sunday, June 12, 2011
There has been alot of reporting, from individual blogs to the Washington Post, about whether the author of the blog, "A Gay Girl In Damascus" was actually a girl named Amina Arraf, or whether it was a hoax. Today, Tom MacMaster of Turkey has revealed that he is the author of the popular blog. He states,Tweet