Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Support for Iraqi rejection of anti-LGBT attacks

Human Rights Watch has endorsed Iraqi Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for an end to violence against sexual minorities, reported last month on this blog. HRW issued this press release: Iraq: Cleric’s Call Against Anti-LGBT Violence Fighters Should Heed al-Sadr’s … Continue reading

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Let’s celebrate: List of anti-LGBT nations shrinks again

76 countries with anti-homosexuality laws (or 72 or 78) This week’s decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn that nation’s anti-sodomy law has shrunk the list of nations with anti-LGBT laws once again. By this blog’s tally, the total … Continue reading

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As Morocco reviews its laws, 2 jailed on gay-sex charge

Morocco has imprisoned two men on homosexuality charges at a time when the Moroccan parliament is considering changes in the Penal Code, Human Rights Watch reported today. Many local organizations are urging parliament to drop the law’s anti-LGBT provisions. This … Continue reading

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LGBTQ magazine publishes in Arabic, not without opposition

The Jordan-based online LGBTQ magazine My.Kali has introduced an Arabic edition, which provoked a strong negative response from anti-gay conservatives in the Middle East. My.Kali describes itself on Instagram as an “online social & conceptual Arab webzine [which] covers issues … Continue reading

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Tunisian activist in coma after 2nd suicide attempt

Ahmed Ben Amor, vice president of the Tunisian LGBT rights association Shams, is in critical condition after making his second suicide attempt in a month, his friends report. Speaking to Tunisia Live, Shams executive board member and spokesperson Belhedi Bouhdid, said … Continue reading

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Arab LGBTQ activists in U.S., Canada aim to rally diaspora

A group of Independent Arab LGBTQ activists need your support. Located in the United States & Canada, the group of activists are working to mobilize the community in the diaspora to continue the fight against homophobia in the Arab world, … Continue reading

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Tunisia: What are you doing to your youth?

Dictatorial, homophobic leaders of Tunisia “systematically sacrifice” the country’s youths, forgetting that youths led Tunisia’s democratic revolution, says the group Shams, which seeks the repeal of Tunisia’s anti-gay law. The statement by Shams (which means “Sun”) came in response to … Continue reading

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