Tunisian LGBT leader attempts suicide

The Tunisian LGBT activist group Shams announced yesterday on Facebook:

Ahmed Ben Amor, vice-président de l'Association Shams
Ahmed Ben Amor, vice-president of Shams

Shams – Tunisia announces with regret that its vice-president, Ahmed Ben Amor, attempted suicide at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, by consuming a huge amount of drugs. He was hospitalized in a coma.

Shams believes this happened because of the homophobia of his family and the society and because of death threats that Ahmed has regularly received.

Today Shams published an update:

Ahmed Ben Amor, Vice President of Shams-Tunisia is better. He finally woke up and he was able to eat.

We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him again very soon.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor / publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]


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  1. My thoughts,and hopes for a speedy recovery and peace of mind go to Ahmed. The burden to achieve his aim/s is a heavy one and he has the support of all lgbt citizens around the world.

  2. What did not kill you makes you stronger. Don’t give up the struggle for equal rights my dear man.

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