13 September 2012
Iraqi police behind anti-gay killings, says TV documentary
A BBC World Service programme has revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the sustained systematic persecution of the country’s LGBT community.
8 September 2012
Iran news agency: ‘Jews are spreading homosexuality in a world-takeover bid’
A state-sponsored newspaper in Iran has published a document claiming to have uncovered a secret plot by the Jewish people, particularly in the US and UK, to spread homosexuality worldwide.
7 September 2012
Israel: High rates of suicide among country’s LGBT youth
New research published this week in Israel has examined suicide rates among LGBT youth in the country.
6 September 2012
Turkey: Gay teenager allegedly murdered by father and uncle
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the killing took place in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir last month.
5 September 2012
Comment: Let me tell you all about ‘pinkwashing’
Writing for PinkNews.co.uk university student and LGBT campaigner Gary Spedding warns of the dangers of separating LGBT rights from human rights when profiling individual countries.
15 August 2012
Saudi government objects to ‘.gay’ domain name endings
The government of Saudi Arabia has objected to several proposed new Internet address endings, including .gay.
2 August 2012
Lebanon: ‘Anal probes’ used on 36 detainees at gay cinema
Lebanese security authorities imposed a sweeping crackdown on a gay cinema in Beirut on Saturday and closed the movie house, arresting 36 male attendees and performing anal probes on them.
5 July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign
Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
4 July 2012
Video: Imagine if you could face execution for being blond, bald, short, elderly or blue eyed
In a compelling new viral video, international LGBT rights organisation Kaleidoscope Trust asks viewers to imagine if it were illegal to be themselves.
28 June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran
A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
24 June 2012
Iran shuts publisher for ‘promoting’ gay sex and immorality
Iranian authorities have shut a famous publishing house for allegedly promoting 'homosexuality, incest, and sexual relations between men and women outside marriage’
22 June 2012
Israeli politician criticised over further anti-gay comments
Israeli politician Anastasia Michaeli has further attacked Israel's LGBT community amid wide-ranging condemnation and critique.
19 June 2012
Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays
In an interview broadcasted yesterday in the parliamentary Knesset Channel, Member of Knesset Uri Ariel from the right-wing National Union party said that he is against the Israeli army's policy of enlisting LGBT people.
15 June 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released
A Scottish man jailed for having gay sex in a public place in Dubai is to be released after his sentence was heavily reduced on appeal.
13 June 2012
Israel military accused of publishing a ‘misleading’ pro-gay photo
A photograph uploaded by Israel's military on to its Facebook page, to celebrate its pro-gay stance, has been accused of being doctored by a local newspaper.
12 June 2012
Kuwait: Trans man arrested for ‘imitating opposite sex’
A transgender man has been arrested as Kuwait continues a campaign against ‘immorality’ which includes LGBT people among its targets.
10 June 2012
Kuwait continues campaign against LGBT people in the name of morality
At least ten teenagers have been arrested by the police in Kuwait for 'satanic rituals' as part of 'morality' campaigns, reports say, with LGBT people being targeted under the same umbrella of 'vice' and 'immorality.'
8 June 2012
In Photos: Tel Aviv Pride 2012
Tel Aviv today celebrated the largest pride in the Middle East with more than 100,000 people lining the streets and partying on the beach.
7 June 2012
Gay Emiratis welcome Madonna’s pro LGBT rights show
Gays and lesbians in the Emirates have welcomed Madonna's performance there, where she displayed strong messages of support for LGBT rights.
6 June 2012
Dubai: Man jailed for gay relationship after partner dies in window fall
A 24-year-old man in Dubai has been sentenced to a year in prison and subsequent deportation after his gay relationship was discovered when his partner fell from a window.