Thank you Mika, You Made Us Proud of You!

He had to spend 5 years under the spotlight, live through the incredible success of Life in Cartoon Motion (2007), a Brit Award and a Grammy Award nomination, through a second album  (The Boy Who Knew Too Much, 2009), – all while being constantly questioned, sometimes even harassed by the media about his sexual orientation.

“Call me bisexual” is the middleground Mika set for for the most part of his early career, in an effort to tame down the growing pressure from the media which remained unsatisfied with the ambiguity. Such was the strategy he seemed to be taking as of 2009 starting with an interview in Netherlands' gay magazine “Gay&Night".

But now things have changed, and Mika is finally OUT. Openly gay.

Only a few weeks before the launch of his third album (The Origin of Love, coming Sept. 2012), he finally said it loud and clear in this interview with America’s Instinct Magazine:

“If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.”

What a relief for all his gay fans who secretly knew it all along! and this is particularly true for the Lebanese fans among us, cause we now have an international icon of Lebanese origin who's out and about and that we can be proud of!

      Watch Mika dedicate his song Origin of Love to “the man I love” (@min 01:18)... Touching indeed!


Discrimination v/s Dignity: 0-1

Nothing beats the satisfaction of winning over illegal practices through successful legal action; the pride of fighting humiliation with dignity; the relief of countersriking discrimination with an earned human right.

The sad episode of Cinema Plaza finally allowed just that. By triggering a host of indignation and anger in the civil, legal and medical communities, it accelerated the efforts started two months ago following another scandal from the "morality police".

The campaign that started it (below) and the body
that made it happen (above): a perfect combination!
As of Tuesday, August 7, 2012, the ANAL TEST has become ILLEGAL in LEBANON. This “Examination of Shame” ordered by the torturers of Hbeich and conducted by its corrupt medical examiners can now be subjected to legal proceedings on behalf of the detainees, and the physician can be banned from practicing medicine.

No more excuses can ever be made by anybody including the ministry of Justice, who blamed the delay in passing the Circular over to the concerned parties more than one month ago on an “administrative error”.

This is what keeps the sit-in organized by Helem this coming Saturday August 11 at 10 AM in front of the Ministry of Justice, still very relevant despite the win.

Lebanon’s LGBT and friends cannot but be thankful to the lawyers and doctors at Helem and at the Lebanese Order of Physicians (L’Ordre des Médecins du Liban, currently headed by Dr. Charaf Abou Charaf) for this victory.

Everyone’s now hoping for more to come. With election season coming up mid of next year there seems to be good momentum right now for the logical next step to this latest win: to abolish Article 534 once and for all. Let’s make it happen!

Related GiBbies

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...