While going through one of the good and well-known Lebanese blogs; Beirut NTSC, I noticed one blog post. This post is a photo of a LEBIDAHO (Lebanon’s IDAHO | International Day Against Homophobia) poster that has been defaced (as the post stated). The campaign came after the infamous Mohamad Sibai article (it happened to be this way) and people (especially bloggers and activists) were still hyped about homophobia and such an [AUB] tragedy.
While looking closely at the poster, you’ll notice that the word GAY is scratched out. At first, i thought it was a some sort of vandalism but as I looked closer into the subject, I noticed that their whole campaign revolved around Uncensoring Yourself. And they showed it by criticizing how the world behaves towards homosexuality and homosexuals as taboo subjects. I am not going to lie to you, but i wished the previously mentioned poster was a product of vandalism. It would have been more shocking (that someone would actually take the time and scratch all those posters) and I had an idea to twist the situation to the LEBIDAHO’s side. Anyways, I’m going to state it.
The though that came to my mind was: What if we would just remove labels? What if we would stop labeling people by their sexual preference? Look at the poster again. Read it as it is. Nothing is wrong with it. What is wrong with 2 people holding hands? Nothing, except the labels you put.