Middle East / North Africa

Bogus hanging in Iran, bogus tweets in Egypt

Activist/analyst Scott Long here exposes: Unsubstantiated news reports that an Iranian teenager was hanged for being gay; and A fake Twitter account that apparently was set up to convince Egyptian authorities to arrest Long. Excerpts from Long’s blog post, with breaker heads added: Gay hanging in Iran: Atrocities and impersonations   THE BOGUS HANGING [After … Continue reading


Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed … Continue reading


Uganda’s slow progress toward LGBT rights

Insightful commentary in Gay Star News from Jamaican (and international) LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson about slow progress in Uganda: Though clearly delusional in his denial of ongoing LGBT abuses in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni’s recent statement nevertheless signals his support for the move by a few Ugandan Parliamentarians to permanently shelve the dreadful Anti-Homosexuality Bill … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Rosier outlook for 12 Libyans jailed after militia’s gay raid

Twelve allegedly gay men arrested by a Libyan militia  reportedly will be turned over to the Libyan Ministry of Justice, according to an article today in the Libya Herald. They reportedly face charges of disturbing the peace, not of homosexual activity, which could have resulted in prison sentences of up to five years under Libyan … Continue reading