11th August 2010
Foreign Office: ‘Serious concerns’ over reports of Iranian teen’s death sentence for sodomy 8
4:02 PM — The Foreign Office says it has "serious concerns" over reports of an 18-year-old Iranian man being sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
Tory MP calls for UK to save Iranian teen sentenced to death for sodomy 5
1:30 PM — A gay Conservative MP has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to intervene in the case of an Iranian teenager sentenced to death for sodomy. Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, called for pressure on Iran to show some "human compassion" in the case of Ebrahim Hamidi.
4th August 2010
Iranian teenager faces execution for ‘false’ gay assault charges 19
11:57 AM — An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say. Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man which was later withdrawn.
30th July 2010
Two thousand marchers join ‘subdued’ Jerusalem Pride 2
5:03 PM — Two thousand people marched in Jerusalem Pride's parade yesterday despite anti-gay protests. The march was described by onlookers as "subdued", as it lacked the usual colour, noise and vibrant costumes associated with Pride.
22nd July 2010
Tel Aviv to rebrand itself as gay destination 16
4:18 PM — Tel Aviv's Tourism Association has begun a drive to rebrand the Israeli city as a popular gay destination. The city already has a lively gay scene but tourism chiefs hope to attract more visitors.
25th June 2010
Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem 8
12:09 PM — The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance's proposed route from for a gay pride march through the city has been rejected by Israeli police, who claimed one reason for their concern is that the route would pass a yeshiva, an institution for the study of traditional Jewish texts such as the Torah.
23rd June 2010
Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6
12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.
22nd June 2010
Travel: Tel Aviv- bursting with pride 15
12:20 PM — Benjamin Cohen finds that four nights in Tel Aviv for LGBT pride dramatically changed his perception of Israel. Four nights in Tel Aviv, for the city’s LGBT pride celebrations has changed me in a way no holiday ever has before. My attitudes and perceptions of Israel have changed dramatically and it’s also changed the way that I reconcile my sexuality with my religion.
21st June 2010
Elton John plays controversial Israel show 52
11:17 AM — Elton John played a gig in Israel last week after refusing to bow to pressure to pull out. Other artists such as The Pixies and Elvis Costello scrapped gigs over the country's raid on a Gaza aid ship, which killed nine people.
11th June 2010
Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 20
11:09 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride today, the Middle East's only significant gay celebration. PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reports from Israel.
10th June 2010
Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25
4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.
26th May 2010
Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7
4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.
20th May 2010
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
11th May 2010
Elton John to perform in Morocco despite calls to ban him 4
11:23 AM — Elton John will still perform at a music festival in Morocco despite calls to ban him because he is gay. An Islamist group said he could encourage homosexuality.
27th April 2010
Comment: Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers 13
4:20 PM — As he launched Labour's international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto's text. He said: "Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people."
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
24th March 2010
Comment: Iraq is the most dangerous place on earth for gays 37
5:43 PM — It often shocks people to hear this but talk to Iraqi gays who've made it out and they'll tell you - life was better under Saddam.
23rd March 2010
Exclusive: Campaigner says delay in asylum claims is ‘killing gay Iraqis’ 8
6:41 PM — A gay Iraqi asylum seeker whose application has been stuck in the system for three years has complained that the delay is harming LGBT people in the country.
22nd March 2010
Iranian actor returns to screens after gender reassignment 4
6:53 PM — An Iranian actor has returned to screens as a man after transitioning. Saman Arastu, who was previously known as Farzaneh, had a strong career as a woman, playing television and film roles.
9th March 2010
Bing ‘censors gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries’ 7
3:31 PM — Microsoft's Bing search engine has been accused of blocking non-pornographic gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries. Researchers said that Arabic words which were filtered included the terms "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexuality".