8 episodes

Of all the young revolutionaries in Syria during the Arab Spring, Amina is different. An out lesbian in a country where homosexuality is illegal, she bravely documents her life on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus. Her candid posts attract readers from around the world, and soon she has a wide, ardent following. But then a post appears saying Amina has been abducted. Her fans mobilize, desperate to track down and save their fearless heroine. What they find shocks them. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin investigates what actually happened to the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus in this 6-part series. The result is a twisted yarn that spans the globe and challenges our thinking on love, politics and identity in cyberspace. Listeners can access every episode for free weekly on Wednesdays (6 episodes total). If you want early, ad-free access, visit apple.co/cbcstories.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 78 Ratings

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Of all the young revolutionaries in Syria during the Arab Spring, Amina is different. An out lesbian in a country where homosexuality is illegal, she bravely documents her life on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus. Her candid posts attract readers from around the world, and soon she has a wide, ardent following. But then a post appears saying Amina has been abducted. Her fans mobilize, desperate to track down and save their fearless heroine. What they find shocks them. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin investigates what actually happened to the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus in this 6-part series. The result is a twisted yarn that spans the globe and challenges our thinking on love, politics and identity in cyberspace. Listeners can access every episode for free weekly on Wednesdays (6 episodes total). If you want early, ad-free access, visit apple.co/cbcstories.

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    EP 1 - The Unicorn

    EP 1 - The Unicorn

    It's 2011, and the Arab Spring is being documented by a heady mixture of up-to-the-minute citizen reporting, tweeting and blogging. One particular voice begins to stand out — the Gay Girl in Damascus — Amina Arraf. On her blog, Amina describes herself as an out lesbian with a passion for human rights and her homeland. Amina’s evocative writing describes her everyday life, the occasional sexy anecdote and the stirring rebellion around her. It wins her adoring fans from around the world. And also leads Sandra, a woman in far away Montreal, to fall in love.

    • 35 min
    EP 2 - My Father, The Hero

    EP 2 - My Father, The Hero

    As the conflict in Syria escalates, Sandra begins to worry for her girlfriend Amina’s safety. Amina’s blog has grown in notoriety, attracting the interest of Western media like The Guardian and NPR. But as a newly-minted media darling, Amina is under added surveillance and increasingly in danger.

    • 34 min
    EP 3 - The Trustworthy Fortune Teller

    EP 3 - The Trustworthy Fortune Teller

    The unthinkable has finally happened. Amina has been taken by the regime and is missing. In Montreal, Sandra is determined to pull on every lever possible to find Amina. Other journalists and locals are doing the same before it’s too late.

    • 29 min
    EP 4 - On the Face of It

    EP 4 - On the Face of It

    As forces around the internet unite to try to find Amina, more doubts begin to pile up. Especially when it's revealed that the photos on Gay Girl in Damascus, of a beautiful young woman with chin-length brown hair, belong to another woman entirely.

    • 32 min
    EP 5 - Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are

    EP 5 - Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are

    The shocking truth about Amina finally comes out. Sandra is devastated as the enormity of her new reality starts to sink in. Members of the international media are also scrambling to update their coverage. In Istanbul, Turkish reporter Irem Koker hatches a plan to confront the real Amina.

    • 37 min
    EP 6 - The Blast Radius

    EP 6 - The Blast Radius

    The fallout from the revelation about Amina — and others like her — continue to ripple across the world. A furious Sandra wants closure. Danny, living in Damascus, faces a life-threatening decision. And the blog’s loyal readers are left with one persistent question — why?

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

auty home ,

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE PODCAST

Highly HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Xbound24 ,

Incredible…and not at all what I was expecting

What a massive twist of a story! Wonderful storytelling, incredibly earnest interviews, just an amazing podcast.

rosebutter_ ,

From gay girl in Chicago

I wasn’t familiar with the Gay Girl in Damascus blog before this podcast so the twist really hit me! The journalism in the podcast was hard hitting and confrontational. As a western person I left with a lot to confront within myself. Loved this podcast and recommending to friends!

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