My Kali is a Jordanian magazine focused on gay, trans, and gender issues. As if that wasn’t revolutionary enough, the magazine is now printing in Arabic in addition to English, says the Arabic-language Al Kawn News.
The site reported that My Kali’s founder Khalid Abdel-Hadi announced the groundbreaking news, calling it “a step to build on the demands of gays who want Arabic-language content.”
My Kali announced its May/June 2016 bilingual edition on its Facebook page in May. As evident in the Al Kawn News article, news is now spreading to Arabic-language media. English-language outlets have reported on My Kali as well, including Haaretz last month.
The first Arabic language edition features Jordanian martial artist Yara Kakish. Although not LGBT, her stature as a female in a predominantly male sport gives her relevance for the magazine’s issues.
Homosexuality has been in Middle Eastern news more than usual as of late, largely in part due to the Daesh (ISIS) shooting at the gay Pulse nightclub in the US in June as well as the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila’s rising popularity.
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