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Middle East

  • 20th October 2010

    Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8

    Nitzan Horowitz address a neeting in London last week

    4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.

  • 14th September 2010

    Supreme Court rules Jerusalem must fund gay centre 3

    Jerusalem's Open House centre should be given funding, the court said

    5:06 PM — The Supreme Court has ruled that Jerusalem must pay for a LGBT community centre. The Open House centre has struggled to gain funding for several years and today, judges said that the city municipality must give it $120,000.

  • Gay Saudi diplomat says he’ll be killed if sent home 6

    Saudi Arabia criminalises homosexuality

    3:39 PM — A gay Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking asylum in the US because he says he will be killed if returned to his home country. The man, who has been named as Ali Ahmad Asseri, says his homosexuality and his friendship with a Jewish woman will lead to his death.

  • William Hague to be asked about Iranian teenager sentenced to death for homosexuality 3

    William Hague will be asked what reports he has received about Ebrahim Hamidi

    11:35 AM — Foreign secretary William Hague will be questioned this afternoon about an Iranian teenager who has been sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.

  • 27th August 2010

    A year on from Tel Aviv shootings, young survivors visit Berlin memorial

    Berlin's gay memorial, which was visited by teenagers who survived 2009's Tel Aviv shootings. Photo: Flickr, maha-online

    4:06 PM — A year after the shootings at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre in which two young people died, over a dozen teenagers who were present at the attack have undertaken an organised trip to Germany.

  • 26th August 2010

    Israeli gay man kidnapped by relatives 5

    A young Israeli gay man was kidnapped from his home in Tel Aviv

    11:49 AM — Four residents of Tamra, northern Israel, are suspected of kidnapping a 19-year-old gay relative from his home in Tel Aviv and holding him captive for 12 hours.

  • 18th August 2010

    Arabic website to tackle gay issues 2

    A screenshot from Qadita.net's homepage

    2:32 PM — An Arabic-language website set up by two Israeli-Arab literary figures will tackle the issue of homosexuality. Qadita.net, launched this week, is an online magazine devoted to politics and culture.

  • 12th August 2010

    Gay German foreign minister does not take partner to anti-gay countries 15

    Guido Westerwelle does not take his partner on state trips

    12:23 PM — German vice-chancellor and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has stated that he does not take along his partner when making diplomatic trips to countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law.

  • 11th August 2010

    Foreign Office: ‘Serious concerns’ over reports of Iranian teen’s death sentence for sodomy 8

    The Foreign Office said there appeared to be serious concerns over the case

    4:02 PM — The Foreign Office says it has "serious concerns" over reports of an 18-year-old Iranian man being sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.

  • Tory MP calls for UK to save Iranian teen sentenced to death for sodomy 5

    Ebrahim Hamidi has been sentenced to death (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    1:30 PM — A gay Conservative MP has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to intervene in the case of an Iranian teenager sentenced to death for sodomy. Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, called for pressure on Iran to show some "human compassion" in the case of Ebrahim Hamidi.

  • 4th August 2010

    Iranian teenager faces execution for ‘false’ gay assault charges 19

    Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    11:57 AM — An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say. Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man which was later withdrawn.

  • 30th July 2010

    Two thousand marchers join ‘subdued’ Jerusalem Pride 2

    The march was 'subdued'

    5:03 PM — Two thousand people marched in Jerusalem Pride's parade yesterday despite anti-gay protests. The march was described by onlookers as "subdued", as it lacked the usual colour, noise and vibrant costumes associated with Pride.

  • 22nd July 2010

    Tel Aviv to rebrand itself as gay destination 16

    Tel Aviv hopes to become a popular gay destination

    4:18 PM — Tel Aviv's Tourism Association has begun a drive to rebrand the Israeli city as a popular gay destination. The city already has a lively gay scene but tourism chiefs hope to attract more visitors.

  • 25th June 2010

    Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem 8

    Jerusalem Pride 2010's proposed route has been rejected

    12:09 PM — The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance's proposed route from for a gay pride march through the city has been rejected by Israeli police, who claimed one reason for their concern is that the route would pass a yeshiva, an institution for the study of traditional Jewish texts such as the Torah.

  • 23rd June 2010

    Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6

    Gay rights are nonexistent in Syria

    12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.

  • 22nd June 2010

    Travel: Tel Aviv- bursting with pride 15

    A father stands up for his gay son

    12:20 PM — Benjamin Cohen finds that four nights in Tel Aviv for LGBT pride dramatically changed his perception of Israel. Four nights in Tel Aviv, for the city’s LGBT pride celebrations has changed me in a way no holiday ever has before. My attitudes and perceptions of Israel have changed dramatically and it’s also changed the way that I reconcile my sexuality with my religion.

  • 21st June 2010

    Elton John plays controversial Israel show 52

    Elton John said musicians should not "cherry-pick" their consciences

    11:17 AM — Elton John played a gig in Israel last week after refusing to bow to pressure to pull out. Other artists such as The Pixies and Elvis Costello scrapped gigs over the country's raid on a Gaza aid ship, which killed nine people.

  • 11th June 2010

    Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 20

    Tel Aviv Pride shortly before the parade kicked off

    11:09 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride today, the Middle East's only significant gay celebration. PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reports from Israel.

  • 10th June 2010

    Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25

    Gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from Madrid Pride

    4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.

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