Egyptian woman comes out as lesbian in video, conservatism and LGBT rights in Egypt collide
August 28, 2017
A two minutes video circulated on social media a few days ago with the opening statement ‘Hi…I’m most hated lesbian in Egypt’. The message came from a young Egyptian woman named Dalia Al-Faghal, who recently publicly came out as a lesbian on Facebook.
Faghal was born and raised in Saudi Arabia to Egyptian parents. She hid her attraction to women for as long as she could, she said in an article by Cairo Scene, but they started to figure out her sexuality might not be what they thought when she was 12.
In July Faghal made the Facebook post that led to the recent video, she wrote about coming out to her father as a lesbian, providing screen shots of his supportive comments, and a picture of her with her girlfriend.
The screenshots show her father congratulating her on her new relationship, which is what first encouraged her to make the post. Faghal wanted to show the public how proud she was of his acceptance, however, her love post was met with an unprecedented wave of attacks and hate comments.
Faghal is considered the first Egyptian woman to come out publicly as a lesbian living in Egypt. She has received violent backlash from some social media users who saw her sexual orientation as a violation of the conservative Egyptian society and its Islamic ideals.
Despite the fact that many launched an attack against Faghal, other users expressed support through messages and comments. Feminists and other renowned figures in Egypt shared their solidarity and considered the matter as part of her personal freedom.
Egyptian actor Amr Salah, who starred as a gay man on the recently broadcasted Ramadan TV series ‘L’a Tan’ta f’ea Shams’, was one of many famous Egyptians that expressed support for the young woman, leaving an encouraging comment on her video post.
On the other hand, hateful Facebook comments escalated with death threats to Faghal and her father.