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.
1 June 2012
Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade
Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.
23 May 2012
Iran recalls ambassador to Azerbaijan over Eurovision ‘gay parade’
Iran has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan, having accused the Eurovision 2012 host of staging a 'gay parade' for the flamboyant contest this Saturday.
22 May 2012
Kuwait: Mass arrest of people accused of “vice” and “immorality”
Kuwaiti media organisations report that 149 were arrested this weekend for “immoral” behaviour, including four gay men and two transgender women.
21 May 2012
Azerbaijan accuses Iran of slander over Eurovision gay pride rumours
Azerbaijan has accused neighbouring country Iran of slander after claims that Baku would host a gay pride march to coincide with this week’s Eurovision song contest.
18 May 2012
New York mural compares gay rights in Israel to its neighbours
A mural in New York's West Village has provoked controversy by depicting gay rights in Israel and comparing it to the status of LGBT people in the countries that neighbour and surround it.
17 May 2012
UAE: Activists hold IDAHO commemoration with appeal for dialogue with LGBT people
Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groupcommemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.
16 May 2012
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill
Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.
16 May 2012
UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues
Two men were sentence for jail terms and deportation from the UAE following a complaint from a member of the public.
15 May 2012
Israeli newspaper Haaretz comes out for equal marriage within Israel
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has become the latest publication around the world to call on its Government to introduce full marriage equality.
14 May 2012
LGBT Iranians to speak in London as four men sentenced to death
An event launching a report on the way the internet affects LGBT life in Iran will be hosted in London this week, days after it was announced that the country was to execute four men on sodomy charges.
12 May 2012
Four Iranian men due to be hanged for sodomy
Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.
Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
26 April 2012
Iran believed to have executed a ‘gangster’ for engaging in gay sexual activities
A young man described as a 'gangster' who is known only by the initials CH M was hanged publicly in Marwdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in 'sodomy' with another man.
19 April 2012
Israel’s Masorti Movement will ordain gay men and lesbians as rabbis
The Masorti Movement of Judaism in Israel will ordain gay and lesbian students as Conservative rabbis in Israel from the next academic year, it has been confirmed.
18 April 2012
Iranian cleric criticises western laws allowing ‘disgusting’ gay acts
An Iranian cleric has described gay men and the politicians who pass laws protecting them as being 'worse than pigs and dogs'.
17 April 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex was ‘only kissing and cuddling’
A Scottish man jailed in Dubai for having gay sex behind a petrol station one night claims has said there was 'no sex involved'.