‘Gay Girl in Damascus’? Not So Much
Posted on Jun 13, 2011
In a curious case of scrambled online identities, a 40-year-old American man has been outed as the writer of an attention-grabbing blog by the name of A Gay Girl in Damascus, which was supposedly written by a Syrian-American lesbian. The Washington Post reported that the blogger is a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh.
The post entitled “Apology to readers” on the “A Gay Girl in Damascus” blog was signed by “Tom MacMaster” in Istanbul, Turkey. The Washington Post identified him as a 40-year-old American man from Georgia. The newspaper described him as a Middle East peace activist working toward a master’s degree at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh.
In the post, the author says the narrative of a lesbian’s life and kidnapping in Syria was fictional but insists “the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground.”
A screen shot of the website A Gay Girl in Damascus, taken Monday, shows the author’s apology as the blog’s top story.