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Middle East

  • 11th March 2012

    Source: Iraqi government complicit with alleged emo and LGBT massacres 26

    The Iraqi militia has a hitlist

    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

    Militias are reportedly targeting emo and gay or trans youth

    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

    Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE and punishable by imprisonment

    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.

  • 27th February 2012

    UAE: Pulled ‘gay cure’ video gets ‘unprecedented’ media interest 10

    The 'straight makeover' video was pulled from YouTube

    10:32 AM — Following the article 'UAE 'gay cure’ video removed from YouTube', The National, one of the country’s most widely respected English language broadsheets, followed suit and reported on the matter.

  • 24th February 2012

    UAE ‘gay cure’ video removed from YouTube 8

    The 'straight makeover' video has now been pulled from YouTube

    12:28 PM — A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) working with Gay Middle East and the international LGBT Press.

  • 20th October 2010

    Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8

    Nitzan Horowitz address a neeting in London last week

    4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.

  • 12th August 2010

    Gay German foreign minister does not take partner to anti-gay countries 15

    Guido Westerwelle does not take his partner on state trips

    12:23 PM — German vice-chancellor and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has stated that he does not take along his partner when making diplomatic trips to countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law.

  • 19th February 2010

    Jesus was gay, says Elton 57

    The star claimed Jesus was gay

    12:20 PM — Elton John has said that Jesus was a "super-intelligent" gay man In a magazine interview, in which he also discussed his former drug addiction, the singer spoke his mind about the son of God.

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