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.
13th June 2011
Man defends hoax ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog 34
2:44 PM — The author of the hoax 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog has defended the deception and says he may even write a book about his experience. Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old US student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted last night that he was 'Amina Arraf' but said the hoax had not harmed anyone.
Gay Girl in Damascus blog written by 40-year-old Edinburgh man 23
10:46 AM — A 40-year-old married man in Edinburgh has admitted to being the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog. Tom MacMaster, an American graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted pretending to be Amina Arraf but said he believed the hoax had not harmed anyone.
10th June 2011
Tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Gay Pride 11
10:34 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride in Israel today. The day kicked off with a fair at Meir Park and will end with a party at Gordon Beach, where the march concludes.
9th June 2011
Confusion over ‘kidnapped’ lesbian Syrian blogger 8
3:50 PM — There is confusion over the identity of a lesbian blogger allegedly kidnapped in Syria. Supporters claimed earlier this week that Amina Arraf, the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, had been detained by Syrian security forces.
7th June 2011
‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped 12
5:15 PM — Relatives of Amina Abdallah, author of the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, say she has been abducted.
6th June 2011
Israeli Knesset Speaker angers orthodox Jews over involvement in Gay Pride Month 61
6:02 PM — Reuven Rivlin the Speaker (presiding officer) of the Knesset - the Israeli parliament - has angered conservative Jewish Knesset Members (MKs) over his plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month.
30th May 2011
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City ordains first lesbian rabbi 18
3:25 PM — The Conservative movement ordained their first openly gay rabbi in a ceremony earlier this month at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
13th May 2011
Video: Trans star Dana International misses out on Eurovision final 35
1:37 PM — Israeli singer Dana International was knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest last night at the semi-final in Dusseldorf. The star, who is transgender, performed her song Ding Dong but failed to win a place in Saturday's final.
1st April 2011
Gay British man arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia 131
9:30 AM — A British man was arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia by religious police when they discovered he was gay. Stephen Comiskey, a 36-year-old nurse, was threatened with beheading and thrown in a cell.
9th March 2011
Trans star Dana International returns to Eurovision 3
3:43 PM — Transgender singer Dana International is to represent Israel again in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 39-year-old star, real name Sharon Cohen, will perform her new song Ding Dong in the competition.
3rd March 2011
Turkey’s first openly gay football referee continues legal battle 3
10:31 AM — Turkey's first openly gay referee has said he will push on with his legal battle against the Turkish Football Federation, who barred him from officiating over matches in 2008.
23rd February 2011
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".