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.
New Twitter censorship function prompts concern in anti-gay states 9
12:52 PM — Twitter's announcement that it will be able to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis has prompted concern for gay communities in hostile countries.
22nd January 2012
Tunisian Interior Minister in a gay sex video scandal 20
7:36 PM — Tunisia’s new interior minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in controversy and scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him in a gay prison sex video. This scandal has outraged and inflamed public opinion regarding homosexuality which was already jittery due to the electoral political tactics that used sexuality in order to discredit various opponents.
17th January 2012
Kuwait: Reports highlight police brutality to trans community 2
9:40 AM — Transphobia is widespread throughout Kuwait following the introduction of a discriminatory law in 2007 that arbitrarily criminalises “imitating the opposite sex”, reports say.
13th January 2012
Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia 110
10:32 PM — As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment.
12th January 2012
Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49
3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".
12th December 2011
Tel Aviv gay park ‘becoming too dangerous’ 28
10:08 AM — A Tel Aviv park popular with the gay community is becoming too dangerous after a series of attacks, campaigners say. Gan Meir park, where the city's gay community centre is based, has seen a number of anti-gay assaults in recent months.
24th November 2011
US professor: Pro-gay Israeli stance “conceals Palestinian human rights violations” 89
11:41 AM — "Pinkwashing", according to the professor, has emerged as "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity." The idea was described as "ludicrous and offensive".
17th November 2011
Michael Lucas: Beware of the risk of homophobia arising from the Arab Spring 174
11:12 PM — Gay entertainment mogul Michael Lucas warns of the risks of homophobic Islamist governments forming after the Arab Spring. After decades in power, a brutal dictator in a Muslim country is dramatically deposed by a massive popular uprising. Sound familiar? Of course: that's what happened in Egypt and Libya this year, as part of what's known as the Arab Spring. But it's also what happened in Iran in 1979 -- and that should make us pause for a moment.
13th September 2011
Gay Iranians come out on Facebook 24
4:27 PM — A Facebook group has been set up for gay Iranians to come out and discuss their personal stories. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and there is no gay rights movement operating openly within the country.
6th September 2011
Human rights group claims Iran hanged three men for gay sex 111
2:31 PM — A human rights group has claimed that three Iranian men have been hanged for having gay sex. Iran Human Rights, which says it covers news from the country's official news sources, said state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported the hangings.
12th August 2011
Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre faces closure 4
1:26 PM — An LGBT youth centre in Tel Aviv may have to close because of financial problems. The Bar Noar centre was the scene of a fatal shooting two years ago, in which a teenage girl and a counsellor died. The perpetrator has not been caught.
5th August 2011
Israel LGBT youth conference cancelled 95
4:54 PM — An international LGBT youth conference will no longer be held in Israel after Palestinian gay groups complained. The International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) general assembly was to be held in Tel Aviv in December.
3rd August 2011
HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17
5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.
29th July 2011
2,000 join Jerusalem Pride 4
12:03 PM — Around 2,000 people joined a largely peaceful pride march in Jerusalem yesterday. The march has attracted violence in the past and 1,000 police officers were on the streets.
4th July 2011
Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126
3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country
27th June 2011
Michael Lucas: ‘Poisonous’ anti-Israel lobby should not complain over LGBT meeting 420
6:33 PM — Gay porn producer Michael Lucas says an LGBT youth conference should be held in Israel, despite objections from critics.
Peter Tatchell: Holding LGBT conference in Israel will inflame homophobia 78
6:10 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that holding the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation general assembly in Israel will inflame homophobia, cause divisions and stop delegates from the Muslim world attending.
19th June 2011
Row after Israeli airport staff strip search Barcelona gay rights leader’s boyfriend 231
12:01 PM — Two of the leading members of Barcelona's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community have claimed that they were subjected to humiliating security checks while trying to fly home to Spain from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticised the actions by airport security staff.
16th June 2011
Comment: What life is really like for gay Syrians 28
5:01 PM — Sami Hamwi, the Syria editor of GayMiddleEast.com, offers a glimpse of what LGBT life is really like in the country.