26th March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
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
Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising 22
3:29 PM — A popular privately owned daily newspaper has published an article alleging gays and lesbians are 'prospering' due to the Syrian uprising and are held responsible for social problems.
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.
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.
13th February 2012
Israel urged: No war before Madonna’s Pride gig, please 30
11:19 AM — An Israeli man has created a Facebook page calling on his government to hold off on a potential war with Iran until Madonna has completed her pre-Pride gig in Tel Aviv.
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.