Egyptian actor pushes for LGBT rights

Amid Egypt’s continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT rights.

Khaled Abol Naga (Photo courtesy of Egypt Independent)
Khaled Abol Naga (Photo courtesy of Egypt Independent)

An award-winning actor, stage director and film producer, Naga was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2007. He has spoken out on many sensitive social issues, including HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation and children’s rights.

Egypt Independent reported:

Egyptian actor and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Khaled Abol Naga restated his support for gay rights on Twitter, writing that denying the rights of homosexuals to be recognized by society is exactly the same as racism.

“Gay people are born with romantic tendencies toward the same sex and this is scientifically documented now, just like the roundness of the Earth. Ignorance of these facts is what society lacks to understand what homosexuals are suffering,” he added.

In 2015, Naga previously sparked social media outrage by endorsing the gay marriage [court decision] in the United States.

Naga put on the rainbow logo, representing the gay and transgender (LGBT) movement, on his Facebook profile picture, inciting accusations that he himself was homosexual.

Wael al-Ibarashy (Photo courtesy of elcinema.com)
Wael al-Ibarashy (Photo courtesy of elcinema.com)

In this move, Naga became one of the first Arab celebrities to openly declare their support for the LGBT movement.

Many public figures and presenters attacked Naga at the time for his announcement.

“What Khaled Abol Naga did is not in line with the traditions of the society,” said TV host Wael al-Ibarashy.

Host Tawfiq Okasha was also another prominent figure who attacked Naga.

In response to the backlash, Naga wrote on Twitter “If only people give love the chance it deserves, Good will prevail. I only wish God blesses us all to comprehend the diverse rainbow of love.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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