Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI news 2: Iran, Morocco, ISIS, Kenya, Gambia, Uganda

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws or considering anti-gay legislation, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the second of three posts. The first one reported news from Kazakhstan, Sri … Continue reading

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On trial for being LGBT in Morocco (2) and Malaysia (9)

IGLHRC and HRW report on the latest legal persecution of LGBT citizens of Morocco and Malaysia. MOROCCO The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) called on Moroccan authorities to immediately release two men on trial for alleged homosexual … Continue reading

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5 steps to online safety for LGBT Egyptians; الشرطة المصرية تلاحق المجتمع المثلي

Activist/commentator Scott Long reports from Egypt: This week saw the first absolutely confirmed case of police using the Internet to entrap accused LGBT people. The story hasn’t been reported in the Egyptian press: meaning the government may be hoping to … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs 2: India, Gambia, Kenya, Lebanon

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (This is the second of two posts. The first one reported on news from Belize, Russia and Sweden.)   … Continue reading

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Campaign targets anti-gay law; Morocco jails three

Agence France-Presse reports: Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday. Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden in the … Continue reading

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Campaign raises funds for ISIS refugees in Lebanon

The online advocacy organization All Out is raising money to provide safe accommodations in Lebanon for LGBT refugees who have escaped from territory controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “Sleeping on the streets in Lebanon when you’re gay or … Continue reading

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Recount: 75 (or 79) nations where homosexuality is illegal

The number of countries with anti-homosexuality laws is currently 75, according to the latest tally from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. That’s down one from earlier this month, when the African nation of Chad was … Continue reading

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