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No black-and-white in gay rights: The west should not lecture the rest of the world on gay rights

"In Iran there are no homosexuals like in America," the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared during a visit to the US, sparking a media frenzy. Some questioned the translation and Ahmadinejad later clarified his words, interpreting "like" as "not in the same way as". Whatever his intention, it is clear to whoever explores the colourful realms of sexual "dissent" across the world, that notions of homosexuality vary – and particularly in the Middle East.

Nadi, an androgynous-looking Lebanese friend, was walking in a German underground station when he crossed the path of a Middle Eastern man and his German girlfriend. As the man winked to Nadi and blew him a kiss, the woman stuttered in shock: "But ... but it's a man!" For most people in wealthy, industrialised and over-rationalised societies, "gay" and "straight" are two separate worlds. A person can be either one or the other, or else they would have to fit the "bisexual" category. Bisexuality is often misunderstood by both gay and straight people and discussions abound about "real" and "fake" bisexuals.

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