29 March 2012
Possible end to blood ban on gay men in Israel
In Israel next month, a Health Ministry advisory committee on transfusion medicine will consider whether to amend the clause that forbids gay men donating blood, following a similar change here in Britain.
26 March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher
In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.
26 March 2012
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service
Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
20 March 2012
Dubai police chief denies gay party arrests
The Dubai Chief of Police has denied reports of 30 arrests in the emirate but says homosexuality is illegal and against the local norms.
19 March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt
The grandson of veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has come out publicly as a gay, half-Jewish man citing fears for his country's political future after the Arab Spring.
16 March 2012
30 gays arrested in Dubai say unconfirmed reports
An United Arab Emirates LGBT group claims that more than 30 men have been arrested by government forces for being gay.
12 March 2012
US embassy in Baghdad backs emo and LGBT murder vigil
The US Embassy in Baghdad has sent a message of support to San Franciscan activists holding a vigil for Iraqi emo, goth and LGBT people who are currently being murdered.
11 March 2012
Source: Iraqi government complicit with alleged emo and LGBT massacres
The Iraqi Interior Ministry has backed an alleged massacre of up to 100 Emos and LGBT people last month, a new wave of massacres may start today or Monday, says a Gay Middle East Iraqi source.
9 March 2012
Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising
A popular privately owned daily newspaper has published an article alleging gays and lesbians are 'prospering' due to the Syrian uprising and are held responsible for social problems.
9 March 2012
Reports of emo youth and LGBT people ‘being massacred in Iraq’
Since 6 February there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of ‘emo’ youth and individuals perceived as gay, lesbian or trans.
2 March 2012
Feature: Gay testimonies from the Emirates
The removal of an anti-gay video, made in the United Arab Emirates, from YouTube has started the first stirrings of positive dialogue around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Emirates.
27 February 2012
UAE: Pulled ‘gay cure’ video gets ‘unprecedented’ media interest
Following the article 'UAE 'gay cure’ video removed from YouTube', The National, one of the country’s most widely respected English language broadsheets, followed suit and reported on the matter.
24 February 2012
UAE ‘gay cure’ video removed from YouTube
A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) working with Gay Middle East and the international LGBT Press.
13 February 2012
Israel urged: No war before Madonna’s Pride gig, please
An Israeli man has created a Facebook page calling on his government to hold off on a potential war with Iran until Madonna has completed her pre-Pride gig in Tel Aviv.
30 January 2012
Video: UAE ‘straight makeover’ video slammed
LGBT people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have attacked a YouTube video ‘tutorial’ which shows how gays can be ‘cured’ or ‘scrubbed clean’ of their sexuality.
30 January 2012
New Twitter censorship function prompts concern in anti-gay states
Twitter's announcement that it will be able to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis has prompted concern for gay communities in hostile countries.
22 January 2012
Tunisian Interior Minister in a gay sex video scandal
Tunisia’s new interior minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in controversy and scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him in a gay prison sex video.
17 January 2012
Kuwait: Reports highlight police brutality to trans community
Transphobia is widespread throughout Kuwait following the introduction of a discriminatory law in 2007 that arbitrarily criminalises “imitating the opposite sex”, reports say.
13 January 2012
Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia
As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment.
12 January 2012
Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011
The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".