10th June 2012
Kuwait continues campaign against LGBT people in the name of morality 16
11:16 AM — At least ten teenagers have been arrested by the police in Kuwait for 'satanic rituals' as part of 'morality' campaigns, reports say, with LGBT people being targeted under the same umbrella of 'vice' and 'immorality.'
7th June 2012
Gay Emiratis welcome Madonna’s pro LGBT rights show 15
12:14 PM — Gays and lesbians in the Emirates have welcomed Madonna's performance there, where she displayed strong messages of support for LGBT rights.
6th June 2012
Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalise gay sex 98
4:23 PM — Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.
1st June 2012
Feature: Is South Africa failing gay asylum seekers? 10
4:56 PM — With South Africa facing a flood of LGBT refugees from all over the African continent, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack. In this feature article we investigate the gravity of the situation, its sources and possible solution.
Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade 16
3:21 PM — Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.
27th May 2012
Feature: The truth about gay life in Azerbaijan outside of the Eurovision Song Contest 21
12:18 AM — As Baku celebrates the end of the Eurovision Song Contest, which saw Sweden's Loreen win with her song Euphoria, we examine the realities of life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are forced to lead in oppressive Azerbaijan.
22nd May 2012
Kuwait: Mass arrest of people accused of “vice” and “immorality” 37
4:43 PM — Kuwaiti media organisations report that 149 were arrested this weekend for “immoral” behaviour, including four gay men and two transgender women.
17th May 2012
UAE: Activists hold IDAHO commemoration with appeal for dialogue with LGBT people 50
8:17 PM — Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groupcommemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.
16th May 2012
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68
6:00 PM — Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.
UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues 29
10:31 AM — Two men were sentence for jail terms and deportation from the UAE following a complaint from a member of the public.
12th May 2012
Four Iranian men due to be hanged for sodomy 203
1:49 PM — Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy. Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
11th May 2012
Colombia: Partner of gay Catholic priest wins pension rights 11
1:27 PM — The gay partner of a deceased Catholic priest has been told he is allowed to have his lover's pension, despite the cleric's vow of chastity.
26th April 2012
Iran believed to have executed a ‘gangster’ for engaging in gay sexual activities 27
4:51 PM — A young man described as a 'gangster' who is known only by the initials CH M was hanged publicly in Marwdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in 'sodomy' with another man.
12th April 2012
Dubai: British man jailed for three years for public gay sex 60
1:15 PM — Two men have been sentenced for three years in jail for having drunken gay sex in public in Dubai.
30th March 2012
New magazine and hope for LGBT people in Sudan 12
5:02 PM — A new online LGBT magazine in Sudan, north Africa, will offer an opportunity for the country's gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future. This is a first for the country, where homosexuality is still punishable by death.
20th March 2012
Dubai police chief denies gay party arrests 7
10:13 AM — The Dubai Chief of Police has denied reports of 30 arrests in the emirate but says homosexuality is illegal and against the local norms.
16th March 2012
30 gays arrested in Dubai say unconfirmed reports 45
6:14 PM — An United Arab Emirates LGBT group claims that more than 30 men have been arrested by government forces for being gay. The
15th March 2012
Tunisian gay magazine hacked 19
12:07 PM — Yesterday, homophobic hackers attacked Tunisia’s main LGBT title, Gay Day Magazine, taking over its email, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
12th March 2012
US embassy in Baghdad backs emo and LGBT murder vigil 9
5:10 PM — The US Embassy in Baghdad has sent a message of support to San Franciscan activists holding a vigil for Iraqi emo, goth and LGBT people who are currently being murdered.
11th March 2012
Source: Iraqi government complicit with alleged emo and LGBT massacres 26
2:07 PM — The Iraqi Interior Ministry has backed an alleged massacre of up to 100 Emos and LGBT people last month, a new wave of massacres may start today or Monday, says a Gay Middle East Iraqi source.