28 April 2009
Interview: Arabic filmmaker Maher Sabry
In ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), Maher Sabry has ventured where no Arabic filmmaker has before.
28 April 2009
Turkish LGBT activists await ruling on closure of legal group
Turkey's leading gay rights group Lambda Istanbul will soon hear whether a local court ruling will uphold a Supreme Court decision to safeguard its freedom.
23 April 2009
Claims of anal torture of gay Iraqis “consistent” with human rights violations
A leading LGBT human rights organisation has said that reports of horrific torture of gay Iraqis by militias "are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."
14 April 2009
Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders
Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to demand "urgent and concerted action" by his government to stop the killings of gay men in the country.
9 April 2009
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq
Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay.
4 April 2009
Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum
Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric.
30 March 2009
Iraqi gays face execution claims pressure group
A UK group the promotes LGBT rights in Iraq claims that the government is preparing to execute scores of people for being gay.
13 March 2009
Transgender activist murdered in Turkey
The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist on March 10th in Istanbul, Turkey, has led to calls for the Turkish government to protect trans people.
11 March 2009
Religious groups urged to ‘ignore’ Baltic Pride event
An official in the city of Rīga, Latvia, has called for religious groups to 'ignore' the city's upcoming Pride march, saying that scant attention may dissuade organisers from holding future events.
11 March 2009
Court permits Israeli gay couple to adopt son
A Tel Aviv family court has ruled that a gay couple can adopt the son they took in 14 years ago.
26 February 2009
Comment: Iraq’s gays go underground to survive
In the bad old days of slavery in the United States, there was the "Underground Railroad" – a clandestine network of secret routes and safe houses – which spirited thousands of southern slaves to freedom.
25 February 2009
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill
A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce.
18 February 2009
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship
Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
18 February 2009
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader
An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
16 February 2009
Ban on ‘gay’ book exposes Dubai’s liberal pretensions
A Gulf nation that has tried to cultivate an image as a welcoming destination for Westerners has banned a book because it has a gay character.
13 February 2009
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge
A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public.
12 February 2009
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK
A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system.
5 February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq
A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week.
4 February 2009
Al-Qaeda accused of using male rape to ‘create’ suicide bombers
Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings claims Algerian militant Abu Baçir El Assimi.
26 January 2009
Award for Lebanese gay group overshadowed by gay bashing incident
A Beirut-based gay rights group that recently won an award for its work has complained of brutality after two men were beaten up and arrested by soldiers.