2nd January 2014
Bahrain court gives initial approval to gender reassignment for two trans men 3
1:34 PM — Two trans men working for the government in Bahrain have been given initial approval for gender reassignment.
5th September 2013
Oman: News editor who published sympathetic article about gay life to face public prosecution 8
3:57 PM — Oman's ministry of information has referred the editor of a local newspaper to public prosecution for questioning over a sympathetic article he published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.
29th August 2013
Yemen: Al-Qaeda suspects kill man they believed was gay 14
4:12 PM — Suspected members of Al-Qaeda on Thursday shot dead a Yemeni man who they believed was gay, a security official has said.
16th July 2013
Yemen: Al-Qaeda linked group kills man ‘accused of being gay’ 5
2:41 PM — Two militants from an Al-Qaeda linked group have shot dead a man in the southern Lahj province of the country, on the basis of his perceived sexuality.
12th July 2013
Lebanese Psychiatric Society makes unprecedented statement against gay conversion therapy 13
7:19 PM — Lebanon’s Psychiatric Society has declared that being gay is not a mental disorder and does not require treatment, making it the first Arab country in the Middle East to do so.
10th May 2013
Online campaign targets homophobia in Arab world 2
3:56 PM — An online magazine has launched a campaign asking readers in Arab countries to photograph themselves with messages speaking out against homophobia.
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.
15th June 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released 23
11:15 AM — A Scottish man jailed for having gay sex in a public place in Dubai is to be released after his sentence was heavily reduced on appeal.
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.
1st June 2012
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.
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.
18th April 2012
Iranian cleric criticises western laws allowing ‘disgusting’ gay acts 54
5:20 PM — An Iranian cleric has described gay men and the politicians who pass laws protecting them as being 'worse than pigs and dogs'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
9th March 2012
Reports of emo youth and LGBT people ‘being massacred in Iraq’ 31
1:51 PM — Since 6 February there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of ‘emo’ youth and individuals perceived as gay, lesbian or trans.
2nd March 2012
Feature: Gay testimonies from the Emirates 18
2:54 PM — The removal of an anti-gay video, made in the United Arab Emirates, from YouTube has started the first stirrings of positive dialogue around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Emirates. PinkNews.co.uk, with the help of Gay Middle East, spoke to two gay people in the UAE to get their stories.