Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Rule #1: Never Out Someone

I learned that rule when I first came out, that you never out someone without their permission.
Trans Instagrammer leads campaign to hunt down & out gay men. There has already been one suicide.
"You... you're just little Moroccan f****ts. No one cares about you."
LGBTQ Nation
By Alex Bollinger
April 20, 2020

A transgender Instagram influencer outed gay men in Morocco, making them targets for discrimination, family alienation, and violence. One of the men she outed just died by suicide.

But she’s unapologetic. “I feel bad for those f****ts but I don’t care,” she said.

Naoufal Moussa is a Moroccan transgender woman who lives in Turkey and who goes by “Sofia Talouni” online, posting videos for her over 600,000 followers.
Outing someone in a Muslim country is a death sentence.
In places like Morocco, apps like Planet Romeo do far more than provide the occasional hook-up – they can be gay and bi men’s only connection to other queer people. Both male and female homosexuality is illegal in the majority Muslim nation and can be punished with up to three years in prison.
Under no circumstances should we out a person, it is wrong on so many levels; it is a violation of their privacy and trust, it puts them in danger not only in a Muslim country but in every country, you could cause them to lose their job, you could cause them to be rejected by their family, and they could end up homeless or worst dead.
Moussa’s anti-gay campaign has already led to death. Last Friday, journalist Hicham Tahir reported on Twitter that a friend of a friend, a 21-year-old who was studying in France and who went back to his family’s home in Rabat for confinement, found his pictures from an app being shared on Facebook by people he grew up with. Le Desk confirmed the story with an activist in Morocco.
Nothing justifies outing someone!
As for why a transgender woman would lead a campaign to out gay men,
Moroccan photographer Hamza Makhchoune told Pink News that Moussa was herself rejected by her family, which left her with “a dark stone in her heart.”
Hatred and fear begets more hatred and fear.

This trans person violated the Prime Directive, never out someone.

1 comment:

  1. Though not always as violent here in the U.S. as in other countries, being "outted" is still dangerous and can result in loss of employment, family, and friends. In my case, my next door neighbor has outted me as trans to everyone in the senior, low income apartment building where we live. There are those that 'don't care about my lifestyle'. Which I explained that I am not a "French Provincial", but being born in 1955 I could be a "Mid-Century Modern". All humor aside, the T.L.G.B. communities are not "life styles", we are living our lives, and we as much as anyone else deserve to live in peace and safety. The same as anyone else.