Lara Mansour is a gender and sexuality researcher, and a feminist digital rights activist, based in Egypt. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to her studies that lie at the intersection of cyber culture, anthropology, political economy, and human rights. They are interested in studying these issues in the regional contexts of SWANA and Africa, and is hoping to achieve that further in her PhD. In their spare time, they write, design, and lounge at the by-lines of activism, tech, and academia.
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This personal essay by Lara Mansour narrates the experience of being gay in a conservative country like Egypt, and the anxieties of first-ever digital sexual encounter.