Turns out that Amina, and her stories from Damascus, are complete works of fiction. The actual author, Tom MacMaster, published the following apology: I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about. There are enough inspiring true stories in the world that we don’t need to lie to people just to get their attention.

‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ comes clean – The Washington Post

That includes burglarizing my former psychoanalyst’s office (for material to blackmail me into silence), warrantless wiretapping, using the CIA against an American citizen in the US, and authorizing a White House hit squad to “incapacitate me totally” (on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1971). All the above were to prevent me from […]