Macho Men Only: No Space For Femininity In Jordan’s LGBT+ Community
Homosexuality is officially legal in Jordan, however, gay men can still become victims of honorary murder. Although in many countries in the Middle East, one observes physical closeness between men in public, this should not in any way be confused with being homosexual.
A gay scene does exist but unlike that in neighbouring Israel or Lebanon, it is often very secret, isolated, and in many cases relies on internet to arrange contacts. As Jordan is quite computer literate, it is easy to make contact over the internet with gay men.
You can meet most single guys, as well as numerous migrant Iraqis at the cruising places listed below. It's important to remember, here as everywhere: All the meeting places we give here are not purely gay; even so, it will immediately be obvious to the visitor who is gay, that all these men are apparently sitting around randomly and waiting for someone.
Jordan is a modern, friendly, western-orientated country, with many contradictions. In many parts of Amman you often get the impression that you are in Europe, but at the next corner you could discover a real taste of the Orient and meet with people who have been educated in a very traditional way.
Amman itself is a new city. It is built on several mountains and it's often confusing for the tourist to find their way around.
The streets wind in incomprehensible directions between the mountains and the valley. For orientation purposes use the Circles ring roads , of which there are seven, the outer one is similar to a motorway.
Middle East Initials: The message for gay and bi men browsing through dating apps in Jordan is clear: Queer personas not encouraged. Men adopting overtly masculine poses when I know they have a feminine side. They say they only want a straight-acting, non-feminine guy, but why is the word straight associated with masculinity? Exaggerated masculinity is also a form of self-preservation.
Finding the only LGBT-friendly venue in Jordan
Men, meanwhile, are expected to maintain a macho authority befitting their superior social status. For her, there was no difference between being gay and transgender. Our society is very conservative. Sexuality among Bedouin communities was also less compartmentalised.