For gay Egyptians, life online is the only choice

Published: May 18, 2007

For gay Egyptians, life online is the only choice

Growing up in a small delta city, Gamal Alaa always knew that he wasn’t like his school mates. He and his friends were all from good, educated middle class families, but at the end of the day there was something that did not add up. He excelled at school, and got top honors at the prestigious Faculty of Engineering at a nearby university. But he still felt out of place.

“I knew that I was different, even when I was a little kid,” he says. “Even before I knew about sex or any of those adult terms, a long time before that I knew any of that, I knew I was different in a way. But I didn’t know what to call it.”

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