There are calls for the Jordanian authorities to start clamping down on gays! A horrid homophobic report claims gay’s ‘vice’ is spreading through social networking and meeting places with alarming rapidity.
The report is on a news site, Al-Madena News, which demands a clamp down and says the authorities are ‘complacent’ about the phenomena. They warn that gays and lesbians are increasingly visible and ‘unashamedly’ demanding equality. They also reported the former minister for social development had denied that gays applied for a license to form an official organization in Jordan.
This most recent article, which is not attributed to a particular writer, goes on to suggest a conspiracy of silence where the ‘security services and the Ministry of Interior want to keep the truth from the public because it represents a departure from the Arab and Islamic values and Jordan’s conservative society.’
Even though police previously shut some meeting places, GLBT people nevertheless gather increasingly in ordinary cafes and other public places as to not alert authorities to ‘what goes on in the shadows’ the so called News site offer. What is most ‘striking’ and outrageous according to this cesspool of hate is that gays through social networking sites use fake names not only make their ‘vice’ public but now demand rights, like marriage and equality.
The site demands the authorities act to stop this growing ‘menace’.
As evidence of this apparent ‘threat to destroy society’ the article attached an email from a gay man (with his email address visible) that was sent to the portal, asking for help to meet other gays. The article has already been widely read in the region and had around 230 comments.
‘This is not the first homophobic and unprofessional article Al-Madena News published.’
Jordan is still a conservative Islamic country, however there had been recent moves to a more tolerant society towards gay and lesbian people, although being gay is not illegal in Jordan, there are reports of public decency cases being used to deny gay people rights.