Taiwanese Next Media Animation: Gay Girl In Damascus’ Actually ‘Fat American In Edinburgh’

Next Media Animation takes on  the story of Amina Araf, who blogged as “Gay girl in Damascus”, and gained a loyal following with her tales of life as a lesbian in a repressive country. Fans all around the world campaigned for her release after it was reported she was abducted by Syrian police. But NPR’s Andy Carvin investigated further after Syrian sources told him Amina’s story didn’t add up. It turned out that Amina was actually a 40-year-old American guy named Tom MacMaster. The whole thing was a hoax. MacMasters’ actions were roundly criticized by the LBGT community worldwide … including by Paula Brooks, a lesbian web editor … until it was revealed Brooks was also a straight male

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the 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 on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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