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Blog "Lez Get Real" Offers Apology for Men Who Blogged as Lesbians
We pulled the apology for our involvement with the "Amina" hoax because there were some comments in it that were based on information from Bill Garber. I am issuing this apology and explanation because I was the one who ended up in the center of maelstrom, who was tricked into talking with the press, issuing defenses, trying to cover up something I didn't even know was happening.

So, let me start over.....

Last February, we were contacted by a young woman who said she was Syrian-American. She gave her name as Amina. Initially, she was asked to write about being gay and Muslim. We were given the impression that she had left England and returned to Damascus to be with family. Then, she started doing what I - me, personally, not the blog - really needed. I wanted someone in the region who could do a much better job of explaining the Arab Spring to Americans than I could from 5,000 miles away.

Our executive editor, the person we knew as Paula Brooks, helped "Amina" set up A Gay Girl In Damascus, and carried her stories on our blog. We believed we were doing a service for the people in the Middle East who were and are fighting and dying for liberty. I have spent my entire life believing that liberty cannot be imposed by an occupying army and not all peoples will practice democracy the same way we do. That's why I wanted her stories. And let's face it - she's a damned good fiction writer.

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Published on:  June 15, 2011

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