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Gay Girl Gone


Of all the young revolutionaries in Syria during the Arab Spring, Amina is different. An out lesbian in a country where homosexuality is illegal, she bravely documents her life on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus. Her candid posts attract readers from around the world, and soon she has a wide, ardent following. But then a post appears saying Amina has been abducted. Her fans mobilize, desperate to track down and save their fearless heroine. What they find shocks them. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin investigates what actually happened to the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus in this 6-part series. The result is a twisted yarn that spans the globe and challenges our thinking on love, politics and identity in cyberspace. Listeners can access every episode for free weekly on Wednesdays (6 episodes total). If you want early, ad-free access, visit read less

Our Editor's Take

Gay Girl Gone is a narrative journalism podcast from the CBC/Radio Canada. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin tells the story of Amina Arraf, a gay Syrian-American blogger. She rose to prominence in 2011 during the events of the Arab Spring.

In this six-part series, Samira interviews critical characters from Amina's story. These include her Canadian girlfriend, Sandra, and a Syrian-based journalist. This compelling podcast consists of narration, interviews, and archive audio footage. It provides insight into life in Syria at that time, particularly for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Samira also reflects on her own engagement with Amina's tale.

The events of Gay Girl Gone take place during the Arab Spring, a civilian uprising in the Middle East. It was a series of protests that began in Tunisia. It continued in five other countries, including Syria. The protests were a response to corruption and oppression in each part of the world. In Syria, people were protesting against the dictatorship of President Bashar al-Assad.

During these events, blogging and social media were vital communication tools. They allowed participants and allies of the movement to share information. Amina's blog, Gay Girl in Damascus, was well-known. It was unusual for people to write about being gay in Syria. Before Amina's disappearance, the international mainstream media had shared news of her story. When Amina disappeared, her supporters around the world were desperate to save her. At the same time, more and more details are in question.

Together, Samira and her interviewees reveal the mystery behind Amina's disappearance. Listeners might find themselves rushing toward the tale's shocking conclusion. Gay Girl Gone is a captivating podcast with surprising revelations. It might interest fans of narrative journalism. All six episodes are available for listening.

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