Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Video seeks relief for harassed LGBT Moroccans

“After a while, I began to accept the person I am, and that I am not abnormal or unnatural as they believe. But then I faced the cruelty of society and the criminalization of homosexuality in the law.”  — Hamza, … Continue reading

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Egypt: New legal guide for LGBT communities; please share

In response to Egypt’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people, Egyptian activists and legal experts have drawn up a guide on how LGBT people can reduce their chances of being arrested and how to act if they are arrested. In the … Continue reading

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Gay Briton freed in Morocco; no word on his local partner

After 23,738 petitioners complained and British diplomats intervened, Morocco has released a British tourist who had been sentenced to four months in  prison on homosexuality charges. The BBC and The Guardian reported the news of 69-year-old Ray Cole’s release today. … Continue reading

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8 jailed on homosexuality charges in Morocco, Egypt

Eight more people have been sentenced to prison time in north Africa on homosexuality-related charges — two in Morocco on Oct. 2 and six in Egypt on Sept. 25. MOROCCO — Ray Cole and Jamal Jam Wald Ness Sentenced to … Continue reading

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Egyptian, Jamaican activists seek international outcry

Activists in Egypt and Jamaica are seeking outpourings of international support for their efforts to combat homophobia. The request from Egyptian activists is for online messages in blogs and on Twitter  on Sept. 24 and 25 to protest an ongoing … Continue reading

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2 LGBT views of Israel-Palestine hostilities

In Israel, gay Palestinians are unwelcome. In the Gaza Strip, they face the possibility of up to 10 years in prison for sexual acts between men. On the West Bank, they face social stigma, but not criminal prosecution. Here are … Continue reading

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Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.” The … Continue reading

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