16th July 2014
Lebanon: Anal exams still being conducted on ‘suspected homosexuals’ despite ban 15
12:15 PM — Anal examinations are still being carried out on people suspected of being gay in Lebanon, despite the country's medical board banning the practice.
2nd July 2014
Can you guess the difference between Iran’s Modern Family remake and the original? 8
12:00 PM — Iran's remake of the hit US show is different from the original in one significant way.
30th June 2014
Israel: Knesset Deputy Speaker defends Education Minister over ‘gay couples aren’t families’ remarks 6
3:39 PM — The Deputy Speaker of Israel’s Knesset has said that the Education Minister was wrong to apologise for claiming that same-sex couples are not families, and has lashed out at "the dominant voice among homosexuals... of censorship".
29th June 2014
Israeli Education Minister: I am truly sorry for saying same-sex couples aren’t families 12
4:27 PM — Israel's Education Minister has apologised for claiming that same-sex couples aren't families earlier this week.
27th June 2014
Israeli Education Minister: Same-sex couples aren’t families 9
4:50 PM — Israel's Education Minister has said that it is the state's "duty" to make sure that same-sex couple are not recognised as families.
Iranian lesbian: Authorities tried to ‘fix’ my sexuality by forcing me to have gender reassignment surgery 32
4:11 PM — An Iranian lesbian has said the country's authorities tried to force her into having gender reassignment surgery to "fix" her sexuality.
17th June 2014
Jordan’s Prince Zeid appointed as new UN human rights chief 47
6:20 PM — Jordan's Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein has been appointed the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
13th June 2014
Israel: Tel Aviv pride parade draws 100,000-strong crowd 2
8:40 PM — Over 100,000 people attended Tel Aviv pride today, as the week-long festival reached its peak.
12th June 2014
US embassy in Tel Aviv faces internet backlash for raising pride flag 13
6:40 PM — The US embassy in Tel Aviv has received a backlash of online comments for raising a rainbow flag in celebration of pride week.
Israel: Music video by trans star taken down following family complaint 3
5:39 PM — A music video by the first openly trans woman to perform on Eurovision has been taken down, after the family of a young person said they did not give their permission to be featured in the video.
11th June 2014
Jewish Anti-Defamation League: FRC comparing gay rights to the Holocaust is ‘deeply offensive’ 29
12:08 PM — Jewish groups have attacked the Family Research Council, for likening gay rights laws to the Holocaust.
8th June 2014
Israel: Group says two thirds of Orthodox gays are married to women 15
8:26 PM — A gay Orthodox organisation has claimed that two thirds of Orthodox gay men are married to women and leading a double life.
3rd June 2014
Israel: Justice Minister officiates ‘illegal’ same-sex wedding 6
4:43 PM — Israel's Justice Minister has officiated a gay wedding, despite same-sex marriage not being legal in the country.
1st June 2014
Israel: Gay surrogacy bill gains cabinet approval
5:35 PM — Israel's surrogacy bill has gained the approval of the cabinet, overcoming a hurdle and becoming one step closer to law.
26th May 2014
Anna Wintour joins Dorchester hotel boycott 3
6:38 PM — US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour is the latest figure to boycott a hotel chained owned by the Government of Brunei due to the country’s anti-gay laws.
15th May 2014
Israel: Minimum age for gender confirmation surgery lowered to 18 1
12:51 PM — Israel has lowered the minimum age to proceed with gender reassignment surgery from 21 to 18, officials have announced.
Morocco: 6 men jailed on ‘homosexuality’ charges 5
11:08 AM — Six men have been jailed in Morocco on various charges including "homosexuality".
28th April 2014
Human Rights Watch: Gay men hunted, raped and killed by Syrian Army 9
5:33 PM — Human Rights Watch has revealed the danger that many gay individuals face in Syria.
27th April 2014
EFF: Gay dating sites being used to entrap men across Middle East 14
6:07 PM — The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned that gay dating sites are being used by police to entrap men across the Middle East.
24th April 2014
Bahrain: Transgender prostitutes lose appeal against jail term 2
1:34 PM — Two transgender prostitutes in Bahrain have lost an appeal against a six-month jail sentence.