Although insanely Syria is probably one of the better places in the middle east in which to be gay – it is punishable by 3 years in prison. Transsexuals are legally recognised in their gender in Syria.
Compared to Iran and Saudi Arabia and Egypt that is not too severe. It’s hideous for sure but in the context of the region Syria is nowhere near the worst.
Iraq I feel is the country where the western world has the greatest responsibility towards the LGBT population.
Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein life for gay people in Iraq has become horrific. Under Saddam gay people were relatively safe. These days gay men are routinely targetted and tortured and murdered with the approval and support of the western backed police and government.
It’s estimated that over 300 gay men have been tortured and murdered for being gay in Iraq over the last year – about 1 every day.
islam is insane
all religions spread hate
religions are lies there is no gods
Thanks for giving this a voice, on behalf of our reporters in Syria and the group of guys who are now in detention. What I find is so worrying is that in the last two years, actually, Syria has kind of turned a blind eye towards its LGBT citizens. It has lately changed its approach… It was hoped Syria would follow the example of Jordan or Turkey which repealed all laws against gays and lesbians. Even Lebanon is now liberalising, although it has an anti gay law, it seems to be deliberatly not enforced (and even limited in scope recently not to apply to gays). So it was hoped that Syria would realise the benefits forall its citizens on a more open approach…
We know that the Syrian regime is very touchy about critique so a gentle approach where we can point the merits of a more liberal approach akin in Syria’s neighbours, may work better for the immediate cause of these guys and LGBT communities. Maybe urging people to write to the Syrian embassy about this matter may help these poor 25 men…
Kind regards and thanks again,
P.s.: I believe the picture is of Jerusalem, so one of Damascus might be more approriate ;) LOL
P.P.S. GME Editor: Since when was Syria part of UK? (ie: in the UK news area)
@ Spanner, I have no idea, from where did you get that idea? Walking in Oxford Street of Damascus? LOL
Anyways, please write to the Syrian Embassy in London, this might help the guys that are now detained. If the authorities are concerned about people safety as they claim, surely they know that even if the guys are released they face danger as being gay will be regarded as having brought shame on their families and communities. Now the Syrian authorities must be help accountable for their safety.
Gay Middle East just received word on the Syrian gay guys, trials are to happen within a few days. At least 15 will be imprisoned for 3 years (on the charge of “unnatural acts”, section 520). 2 for 7 years (for promoting the former and homosexual behaviour). Others will face illegal drugs cases & those will be charged only with drug abuse cases.