I would ask all of you to think back 50 years on your own societies. It wasn't very rosy then either. Their were people putting their careers, lives and families on the line to move us out of those "dark ages." We are not all destined to be at the same place at the same time. Of course if you look at recent history, you will understand that there was a time when the Middle East was on a similar trajectory as the West, but with a bit of lag in the movements. There were lots of universities and most women weren't covered. Oil and the West's need for resources brought war, corruption, and a continual backsliding to a place that because of the way the society and cultures are structured may have been more susceptible to a conservative bent. I have lived in the ME for three years and I am constantly amazed by a level of tolerance that is, of course, unspoken and the chances out gay folks are taking to move their society forward. I applaud this magazine and hope it lasts. It is also important to know that it is not the only magazine floating around the Middle East. We need to be careful diminishing the achievements of those who are not as far down the road as we are. For those who don't believe that there are giant moves being made in the Middle East, I'll give you the example of something that just happened last week. The powers that be in Jordan, which is a pretty conservative country especially once you leave Amman, cancelled an upcoming concert by a Lebanese band named Mashrou’ Leila whose front man is openly gay. Many of his songs are about gay topics and equality for women, but there was a community uproar big enough that they went against some clerics and rescheduled the show. Things are happening! By the way, education is the answer to terrorism and intolerance, not bombs.