15th April 2014
Minister’s plan to segregate gay prisoners in Turkish jails alarms human rights activists 4
5:03 PM — Human rights activists have expressed alarm at the announcement of plans to build separate prisons for gay prisoners in Turkey.
7th April 2014
Four gay Egyptians sentenced to years in prison for holding ‘deviant parties’ 10
3:36 PM — A court in Egypt has used a law banning "debauchery" to sentence for gay men to jail sentences of up to eight years.
7th January 2014
Egyptian director fears that censors’ demands will turn gay love story into tale of friendship 6
8:19 PM — The director of an Egyptian gay love story, one of the first of its kind, has expressed fear that it will be turned into a story of two male friends, as censors demanded that thirteen scenes be cut.
6th December 2013
Egyptian censors demand that 13 scenes be cut from first gay film 10
6:37 PM — Creators of the first film to come out of Egypt which directly tackles gay issues have been told they must delete a large chunk of scenes, despite that the film contains no sexually explicit content.
13th October 2013
Egypt: Police arrest 14 men in Cairo for ‘homosexual acts’ at medical centre 13
1:53 PM — A group of men aged between 18 and 57 were detained on Saturday, accused of committing "homosexual acts" at a medical centre in Cairo.
14th March 2013
Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition 23
11:41 AM — Iran, Russia and Egypt have threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights.
24th January 2013
Egypt: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring 11
12:11 PM — Despite the hopes of gay people who took part in the 2011 revolution, the climate in Egypt seems to be increasingly homophobic, a human rights group has warned.
2nd December 2012
Libya: Gay men speak out about abductions and beatings by Islamic militia 14
1:52 PM — Gay men in Libya have spoken out about the largest and most powerful militia brigade, and claim that men have been arrested, and assaulted by them, just for being gay.
6th November 2012
Egypt: 7 men remain detained over anti-gay charges 12
3:34 PM — Seven men in Egypt, who were arrested for breaking the country’s law on sexual conduct, are reportedly still in prison.
30th August 2012
Egypt: Leader of “gay sex network” arrested by police 3
10:57 PM — Egyptian police have arrested a man from Cairo based on the accusation that he was the head of a "gay sex network".
27th June 2012
Egyptian diplomat suggests gays are ‘not real people’ 46
3:11 PM — Egypt’s chief diplomatic representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva declared last week at a meeting about the universal right to association that gays do not warrant protections and are considered not to be “real people” in the Middle East.
19th March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt 25
2:06 PM — The grandson of veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has come out publicly as a gay, half-Jewish man citing fears for his country's political future after the Arab Spring.
31st October 2010
Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5
11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.