14th April 2009
Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders 2
11:28 AM — 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.
9th April 2009
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq 8
2:24 PM — Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay. Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but is seen as a taboo. Last week, six gay men were shot and killed in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City
4th April 2009
Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum 6
7:56 PM — Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March.
30th March 2009
Iraqi gays face execution claims pressure group 11
8:56 PM — A UK group the promotes LGBT rights in Iraq claims that the government is preparing to execute scores of people for being gay.
13th March 2009
Transgender activist murdered in Turkey 6
12:12 PM — 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.
11th March 2009
Religious groups urged to ‘ignore’ Baltic Pride event 5
1:11 PM — 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.
Court permits Israeli gay couple to adopt son
12:44 PM — A Tel Aviv family court has ruled that a gay couple can adopt the son they took in 14 years ago. Uzi Even and Amit Kama, who married in 1994 in Canada, are the first same-sex male couple in the country whose right of adoption has been legally acknowledged.
26th February 2009
Comment: Iraq’s gays go underground to survive 5
2:01 PM — 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.
25th February 2009
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill 4
3:08 PM — A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce. Nitzan Horovitz submitted the legislation at the opening session of the 18th Knesset.
18th February 2009
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — 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.
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader 16
1:42 PM — An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
16th February 2009
Ban on ‘gay’ book exposes Dubai’s liberal pretensions 10
12:47 PM — 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.
13th February 2009
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge 8
1:12 PM — A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public. A court was told the 39-year-old was wearing a abaya.
12th February 2009
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK 5
2:38 PM — A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.
5th February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq 13
7:57 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man cannot be trusted as he has already been prosecuted.
4th February 2009
Al-Qaeda accused of using male rape to ‘create’ suicide bombers 31
1:56 PM — Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings claims Algerian militant Abu Baçir El Assimi.
26th January 2009
Award for Lebanese gay group overshadowed by gay bashing incident 1
2:05 PM — 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.
Bahrain’s government blocks access to gay sites in internet crackdown 3
11:44 AM — Gay sites such as gaydar.com can no longer be accessed from Bahrain as part of a government clampdown on internet pornography.
22nd January 2009
New study claims 16% of Iranian men have had gay relationships 13
10:54 AM — A sociologist at an Iranian university has presented a new study that shows high levels of homosexual experiences among the country's population.
5th January 2009
Two executed in Saudi Arabia for male rape 13
3:45 PM — Two Saudi men were publicly beheaded on December 26th after being found guilty of rape. The official SPA news agency said Nasser al-Harby and Majid al-Sibeiy had gone into the bedroom where the unnamed victim slept.