Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Egypt: A call to protest anti-gay reporting, homophobia

An online protest will start tomorrow against unjust treatment of LGBTI people in Egypt and anti-gay journalists’ role in fostering government repression there. The protest is timed to coincide with the start of Egyptian legal proceedings against men arrested in … Continue reading

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New LGBTQ focus on Middle East, North Africa

Since its launch in 2010, online publisher Muftah has collected a wealth of editors, staff writers, “gurus,” and advisors to provide English-speaking audiences with  insightful analysis of LGBTQ sexuality and gender variance issues in Middle East and North African (MENA) countries … Continue reading

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النشطاء يدينون غارة منى عراقي Activists condemn Egypt raid

A statement written by activists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the original Arabic language, followed by the English translation.   The statement is endorsed by 11 groups and coalitions in the MENA region. Published originally today … Continue reading

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al-Sisi’s Egypt: 40-48 arrests last night, totals now a record 148

With the latest raids, Egypt now holds the dubious record for the country with the largest number of reported arrests for homosexuality in such a short time, in a single country in recent times. Several sources reported today that the Bab el-Bahr … Continue reading

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Two gay men executed by the Islamic State in Syria

The GayMaroc.com portal, based in Morocco, reported today that the jihadist organization Islamic State, on Tuesday, November 25th, conducted the stoning of two young gays in Syria. GayMaroc.com reports that: “The Syrian Human Rights Observer, an organization close to the opposition Syrian regime … Continue reading

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Slew of arrests in Egypt

In a much longer blog, “a paper bird,” published today by human rights activist Scott Long, he writes that a teacher and several of his students were arrested in Egypt last week.  We re-publish Scott’s account of these arrests below: … Continue reading

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New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  … Continue reading

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