See the magazine cover in Jordan that featured a transgender woman months before Vanity Fair and Caitlyn Jenner

Published June 11th, 2015 - 11:26 GMT
MyKali's been writing about LGBTQ issues in Jordan since 2007, they featured a transgender woman on their cover earlier this year. (AFP/File)
MyKali's been writing about LGBTQ issues in Jordan since 2007, they featured a transgender woman on their cover earlier this year. (AFP/File)

The Internet's been abuzz with international praise and controversy over Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover earlier this month — in MENA, we've seen her name reach as far as the Syrian city of Kafranbel.

But that's not the only place Jenner's story was felt in the region. In Jordan, that Vanity Fair image was reminiscent of one much closer to home.

Just a few months before Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair unveiling, a Palestinian-Jordanian transgender woman named Sarab appeared on this cover of the online gay magazine MyKali Mag. 

Amidst the international spotlight on Jenner, trouble has been brewing for gay and trans communities in Jordan since last month — when an event addressing gender and sexuality was organized by MyKali and activists and met with major backlash from Arabic media and local groups. 

Especially now, Jordan's no easy place for LGBTQ people. But it's important to remember some things are still boldly charging ahead. Check out MyKali's image of Sarab below. 

 


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