5th July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — 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.
4th July 2012
Video: Imagine if you could face execution for being blond, bald, short, elderly or blue eyed 7
12:15 PM — In a compelling new viral video, international LGBT rights organisation Kaleidoscope Trust asks viewers to imagine if it were illegal to be themselves. The video imagines a society where blond people, people with blue eyes, bald people, short people and older people faced discrimination or persecution by society and the state.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — 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.
24th June 2012
Iran shuts publisher for ‘promoting’ gay sex and immorality 12
1:45 PM — Iranian authorities have shut a famous publishing house for allegedly promoting 'homosexuality, incest, and sexual relations between men and women outside marriage’
22nd June 2012
Israeli politician criticised over further anti-gay comments 35
6:08 PM — Israeli politician Anastasia Michaeli has further attacked Israel's LGBT community amid wide-ranging condemnation and critique.
19th June 2012
Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays 27
10:55 AM — 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.
15th June 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released 23
11:15 AM — 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.
13th June 2012
Israel military accused of publishing a ‘misleading’ pro-gay photo 13
11:10 PM — 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.
12th June 2012
Kuwait: Trans man arrested for ‘imitating opposite sex’ 8
3:23 PM — A transgender man has been arrested as Kuwait continues a campaign against ‘immorality’ which includes LGBT people among its targets.
10th June 2012
Kuwait continues campaign against LGBT people in the name of morality 16
11:16 AM — 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.'
8th June 2012
In Photos: Tel Aviv Pride 2012 247
5:10 PM — 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. Here are some of the best photographs of the day
7th June 2012
Gay Emiratis welcome Madonna’s pro LGBT rights show 15
12:14 PM — Gays and lesbians in the Emirates have welcomed Madonna's performance there, where she displayed strong messages of support for LGBT rights.
6th June 2012
Dubai: Man jailed for gay relationship after partner dies in window fall 23
3:42 PM — 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.
1st June 2012
Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade 16
3:21 PM — 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.
23rd May 2012
Iran recalls ambassador to Azerbaijan over Eurovision ‘gay parade’ 38
8:11 PM — Iran has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan, having accused the Eurovision 2012 host of staging a 'gay parade' for the flamboyant contest this Saturday.
22nd May 2012
Kuwait: Mass arrest of people accused of “vice” and “immorality” 37
4:43 PM — Kuwaiti media organisations report that 149 were arrested this weekend for “immoral” behaviour, including four gay men and two transgender women.
21st May 2012
Azerbaijan accuses Iran of slander over Eurovision gay pride rumours 22
5:43 PM — 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.
18th May 2012
New York mural compares gay rights in Israel to its neighbours 83
11:23 PM — 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.
17th May 2012
UAE: Activists hold IDAHO commemoration with appeal for dialogue with LGBT people 50
8:17 PM — 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.
16th May 2012
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68
6:00 PM — 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.