Monday, 13 June 2011

Lez Get Real: Somebody Told Me That Her Name Was Bill...

"Just one day after the author behind a popular Syrian lesbian blog admitted to being a married, American man named Tom MacMaster, the editor of the lesbian news site Lez Get Real, with the tag­line 'A Gay Girl’s View on the World', acknowledged that he is also a man.
"'Paula Brooks', editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife’s identity online. Graber said she was unaware he had been using her name on his site...
"Brooks had told reporters at The Washington Post that she could only speak on the phone through her father because she was deaf. She provided a photograph of her license as proof of her identity, which showed a woman named Paula Brooks...
"'I didn’t start this with my name because... I thought people wouldn’t take it seriously, me being a straight man,' he said.
"In the guise of Paula Brooks, Graber corresponded online with Tom MacMaster, thinking he was writing to Amina Arraf. Amina often flirted with Brooks, neither of the men realizing the other was pretending to be a lesbian..."

You couldn't make it up!
Oh, hang on - you did!!!
From the Washington Post blog.
What a wonderfully ironic name "Lez Get Real" turned out to be.
Maybe they should change it to "Lez Pretend"?
Can't happen here?
The pseudo-radical late 90s British gay magazine, OutCast, had one regular "lesbian contributor".
The words were by the (male) editor Chris Morris, the photo used was of his sister.

At the time of typing Lez Get Real appears to be offline...

Update Tuesday AM: The site's back up - can't see any apologia/mea culpa from Bill...

Update 2: Unintentionally hilarious piece on this story by Pink News' editor Jessica Geen. The editor and main writer of "Europe's largest gay news service" is heterosexual.

1 comment:

  1. Jesus christ!!
    Are there no gay people in the world?
    Next thing you know 'fagburn' is gonna reveal himself to be a 48 year old woman from reading who goes by the name of Barbara.