Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

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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Tunisian LGBT leader attempts suicide

The Tunisian LGBT activist group Shams announced yesterday on Facebook: 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 … Continue reading

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Iran pushes ‘Islamic human rights’ excluding LGBT people

Kevin Schumacher, OutRight Action International’s program coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, reports: The Iranian government plans to host an international human rights conference in the city of Qom in August to discuss Islamic Human Rights principles, which … Continue reading

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Sodom, Gomorrah and 2 faiths’ fear of same-sex love

Pernicious traditional interpretations of the Biblical and Quranic story of Sodom and Gomorrah underlie much of the world’s homophobia. Brian Whitaker, former Middle East editor of the Guardian, gives a brief explanation in the valuable Guardian article “Everything you need … Continue reading

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