Those men seemed to stumble upon it by chance rather than choice — out of proximity to other men or desperation from not having been able to sleep with women. The club was packed by midnight and still had a line out the front door. While in Lebanon and parts of the Gulf being gay is less frowned upon, in Palestinian society homosexuality is barely acknowledged. I asked him how he planned to get home at the end of the night. And if being gay in Palestinian society is tough for men, the stigma for a Palestinian lesbian woman is harsher. Beats from traditional drums crossed with electronic ones, as melodies from flutes and ouds intertwined.
Like he said, he might just do gay things once in a while, but live as if he were straight. Saadi, a shy young man from the Golan Heights. He stressed that he wants his own children. And if being gay in Palestinian society is tough for men, the stigma for a Palestinian lesbian woman is harsher.
Strobe lights flashed as the bass echoed.