LezGetReal Gets Less "Lez" And More "Bizarre" – Two Men Posing As Lesbians Flirt With Each Other

In what has to be one of the most bizarre LGBT Blog stories to happen lately.  It’s been discovered that one of LezGetReal’s Founding Editor, Paula Brooks was not a lesbian or even a woman but was really a man by the name of Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker.  Graber’s identity was only found out AFTER  The Gay Girl in Damascus blog, purportedly written by a Syrian lesbian blogger who was “kidnapped” during one of the uprisings actually turned out to be hoax and the writer of the The Gay Girl in Damascus blog turned out to be a married, American man named Tom MacMasters.

Most ironic part of all this.

“In the guise of Paula Brooks, Graber corresponded online with Tom MacMaster, thinking he was writing to Amina Arraf. Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian.”

Not thats one for the books.

Linda Carbonell one of the owners of LezGetReal , wrote: “The past three days have been devastating for all of us on LezGetReal. ‘Paula Brooks’ has been a part of our lives for three years now.” But obviously not a big enough a part that anyone on staff at LezGetReal ever had any contact by phone or in person with “Paula/Bill” for the past three years.

Personally, I don’t know what to believe from LezGetReal on this whole storyline plot that’s even too far fetched for even “The L Word” but I do hope that they get their act together, but I also hope that they do it with integrity and there are no more gender surprises coming up.  because there is a real need for a lesbian based news source.  I just hope that they can show some sincerity and integrity and move forward.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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