25th June 2009
Human rights group condemns Saudi Arabia for “cross-dressing” arrests 2
12:40 PM — The arrests of 67 men in Saudi Arabia on charges of cross-dressing is a violation of basic human rights, according to activists.
19th June 2009
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.
17th June 2009
LGBT people urged to join Iran demonstration in London 18
3:45 PM — On the fifth day of violence and unrest in Iran following the country's elections, LGBT people are being urged to attend a demonstration calling for democracy and freedom.
5th June 2009
LGBT group claims Iraq is waging a ‘campaign of violence and murder’ against gays 13
2:34 PM — An Iraqi gay group has said it has evidence the Iraqi government is involved with militia groups advocating violence and murder towards gays. Iraqi LGBT also described a statement from the Baghdad US Embassy as "offensive and insulting".
29th May 2009
Radical Iraq cleric orders ‘depraved’ homosexuality to be eradicated 38
11:55 AM — Moqtada Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq, has ordered that the "depravity" of homosexuality must be eradicated, yet urged an end to violence against gays and lesbians.
28th April 2009
Interview: Arabic filmmaker Maher Sabry 4
2:39 PM — In ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), Maher Sabry has ventured where no Arabic filmmaker has before. The film, which is undoubtedly the most daring and sexually explicit LGBT film ever to come out of the Arab world, tells the tale of 26-year-old Rami, an accountant living in Cairo.
Turkish LGBT activists await ruling on closure of legal group
1:32 PM — 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.
23rd April 2009
Claims of anal torture of gay Iraqis “consistent” with human rights violations 20
10:13 AM — 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."
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.