Skip to comments.‘Paula Brooks,’ editor of ‘Lez Get Real,’ also a man
Posted on 06/15/2011 12:25:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
...Paula Brooks, editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, who said he is a retired Ohio military man and construction worker that had adopted his wifes identity online...
Brookss identity came under suspicion after news broke that a woman called Amina Arraf on the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus might not really be a Syrian lesbian.
Over the weekend, as journalists, bloggers and fans of Amina hunted for clues to the identity behind the blog, Brooks came under review as a possible suspect. Liz Henry, a Web producer at BlogHer.com, questioned Brookss involvement with Amina, as Amina had started to write about the Syrian uprising on Lez Get Real before starting her own blog...
Graber said he started the site to write about gay issues after seeing the mistreatment of close friends who were a lesbian couple. He said the site was done with the best of intentions. As a former Air Force pilot, he also said he used the site to argue in favor of the Dont Ask Dont Tell repeal.
I didnt start this with my name because... I thought people wouldnt take it seriously, me being a straight man, he said.
He felt secure that no one would discover his true identity until the story of Amina started to unravel. He said his connection to Amina was purely coincidental and started when Amina commented on a post on the Lez Get Real site in February. It was a major sock-puppet hoax crash into a major sock-puppet hoax.
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Eventually I got a private contact from a conservative group that wanted to recruit me onto their strategy team. I told them I was flattered, and by the way, I hoped they understood that I wasn't really gay.
They dropped their offer like a hot potatoe.
“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.”
Well, there’s always a career in Congress for them.
Okay, nothing made me laugh harder than the fact that the writers of the blogs “faked being lesbians” when I heard this on the radio, I literally laughed out loud. Someone on a blog faked something, and the news fell for it. I guess that tells me how reliable, or unreliable the news is sometimes.