Mahmoud has written 121 posts for Sami Hamwi (Mahmoud Hassino)

Tea and Talk Group – Istanbul

What can you do when no one is willing to help you? Syrian LGBTI people decided to start a fundraising campaign to help SPoD, a Turkish LGBTI organisation, to continue its work with LGBTI refugees in Istanbul. SPoD itself was not very successful at applying for funds for an LGBTI project. However, this struggle had … Continue reading

Mr Gay Syria

After such a long time away from blogging, I come again with a delightful news. We are organising a Mr. Gay Syria competition. It will take place in Istanbul and the winner will participate in Mr. Gay World (MGW). We posted an announcement on Mawaleh Facebook page, and will soon make a section for it … Continue reading


He wakes up one day deciding to leave, believing that he really evaded death, and decides to look for a place to start a life. He clings to the belief that he will find a way until someone asks “where do you come from?” Struggling to get back in his memory more than three years before, … Continue reading

Asylum Seeker’s Reflections – 1

How’s Berlin treating you?

Mawaleh is Back

Mawaleh is finally back. Hard work. Good issue. Hopefully, we can work on an English one.  Tell EVERYBODY! To download, click here To read on, click here  

Homophobia Brought To Your Screen by MBC in Ramadan

Ahmad al-Shugairi, a Saudi TV creator and presenter of an Islamic TV show on MBC, the biggest and most watched network in Arab countries, has recorded a part of his show’s latest episode in San Francisco about homosexuality. The program is called “Khawater”, i.e. “Thoughts and Reflections”, and it is supposed to promote, “preach”, for “moderate Islam”, at … Continue reading

Okyanus Özyavuz’s Girlfriend: “I can’t even go the funeral of the person I love”

Originally posted on LGBTI NEWS TURKEY:
Source: İpek, “Sevdiğim insanın cezanesine bile gidemiyorum,” (“I can’t even go the funeral of the person I love,”), 3 July 2014, My name is Ipek. I was Mukaddes’ girlfriend for the last 8 months. I was his first girlfriend. You can see that he was a trans…

The Grief Will Never End

The first post in this blog was about my mother. I wanted to write more about her, but life had hidden too much turbulence for me. My mother died on May 4th, after a 20-hour coma. She didn’t suffer, but it doesn’t make it any easier for me. During my time of absence, I became … Continue reading

My Days in Turkey: Wrapping Up 22 Months

I have always wanted to write about all the funny, frustrating, annoying, amusing, and weird things that had happened to me in Turkey, but many things are happening now and I need to write about them, so I will just sum up all the past 22 months by saying, “it was OKAY”, but on many … Continue reading

I just need to let out!

Yes… My best way to let out has always been through writing, blogging, drawing, creating something, or, at certain cases, having sex. Sex is not an option now, I am too tired of paranoid Antakyans who tend to complicate everything. So, bear with me! Remember that you can always move on and go to do … Continue reading

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