Episode 162 [in English]: Jillian York on Unraveling ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’


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Photo by: VampKitty/Nadine Barišić This week’s episode features Jillian York who, like Liz Henry (featured last week) played a vital role in 2011 in unveiling the hoax surrounding the blog ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’ — the fictional character Amina Arraf had become a beloved figure by many around the world at the time. To many, Amina represented a key shift in conversation surrounding the LGBT community; finally, there was an Arab lesbian voice reaching folks internationally. In this episode, we discuss the psychological damage that can can be caused by catfishing, particularly when marginalized identities are co-opted. Jillian also…

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