27th April 2014
EFF: Gay dating sites being used to entrap men across Middle East 14
6:07 PM — The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned that gay dating sites are being used by police to entrap men across the Middle East.
25th March 2014
UAE: Court upholds men’s 6-month jail term for ‘sodomy’ 10
8:29 PM — A court in the United Arab Emirates has upheld a six month jail term handed to two men who are alleged to have had sex.
14th October 2013
Kuwaiti MPs: Amnesty International must stop aligning itself with ‘deviant gays’ instead of really oppressed people 38
7:20 PM — MPs in Kuwait have spoken out against Amnesty International for criticising proposed medical tests to detect and ban gay and trans people from entering Kuwait, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
12th October 2013
Amnesty slams Gulf countries’ proposed ‘medical tests’ to ‘detect’ and ban gay and trans people 9
2:55 PM — Amnesty International has heavily criticised the Gulf Cooperation Council for proposals for "medical tests" to attempt to block gay and trans people from entering, and working, in its member countries.
7th October 2013
Doctors will use clinical screening to ‘detect’ gays and ‘bar’ them from entering Kuwait 66
3:20 PM — Doctors in Kuwait may subject men entering the county to screening tests in order to "detect", and ban gay people from entering the country.
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.
16th May 2012
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.
17th April 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex was ‘only kissing and cuddling’ 55
3:52 PM — A Scottish man jailed in Dubai for having gay sex behind a petrol station one night claims has said there was 'no sex involved'.
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.
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
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.
27th February 2012
UAE: Pulled ‘gay cure’ video gets ‘unprecedented’ media interest 10
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
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.
30th January 2012
Video: UAE ‘straight makeover’ video slammed 31
3:05 PM — LGBT people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have attacked a YouTube video ‘tutorial’ which shows how gays can be ‘cured’ or ‘scrubbed clean’ of their sexuality.