Last week Al Jazeera English published an article detailing the efforts of LGBT leaders and activists in Amman, Jordan. Foremost among these actors was Khalid Abdel-Hadi (more commonly know as Kali), founder and chief editor of the first online queer news magazine in the Middle East, MyKali.
During my time in Amman in 2012, I had a chance to meet Kali and hear him speak about his experience as a target of the categorically anti-LGBT media in Jordan when they forcibly outed him in 2007. Amazingly, Kali used this attention to his advantage and was able to start building a community and readership for his new magazine.
As one reader quoted in the article put it, we at Rainbow Street hope that "one day people would stop labeling, stop hating and controlling, and let everyone be who they are." Here's to Kali and all other allies in Jordan fighting the good fight!
At the time of writing, the article on Al Jazeera's main website appears to have been taken down. However, a link to the article on the mobile site is still alive and well!
Click here to read the full article: http://tinyurl.com/lqgf8hr