11th October 2013
Gulf countries propose ‘mandatory examination to determine gender’ for migrant workers 13
5:28 PM — The Health Ministry of Kuwait has proposed that genetic tests for immigrant workers in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, be tightened to prevent transgender migrants from entering the job market there.
Iran’s revolutionary guards round up ‘homosexuals and satanists’ 6
4:36 PM — Iran's revolutionary guards have announced the arrest of "a network of homosexuals and satanists" in the western city of Kermanshah.
8th October 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘FIFA has no option but to cancel Qatar World Cup’ over tests to ‘detect’ gays 12
4:01 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on FIFA to cancel the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as it was revealed that Gulf Cooperative Countries introduced new rules to "detect" and ban gay people from entering the country.
7th October 2013
Doctors will use clinical screening to ‘detect’ gays and ‘bar’ them from entering Kuwait 66
3:20 PM — Doctors in Kuwait may subject men entering the county to screening tests in order to "detect", and ban gay people from entering the country.
4th October 2013
Comment: We shouldn’t forget the plight of LGBT Syrians 13
6:05 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Tara Hewitt says the plight of Syria's LGBT community should not be forgotten amid dreadful scenes of human rights abuses in a conflict watched by the rest of the world.
3rd October 2013
Lebanon censors French film depicting gay love story 3
8:41 PM — A French film featuring a gay love story has been blocked by Lebanese censors, the Beirut International Film Festival has said.
2nd October 2013
Kazakhstan MP calls for law banning ‘homosexual relations’ 15
1:13 PM — An MP in Kazakhstan has called for a new law which would ban "homosexual relations", as he questioned why gay rights should be advocated if gay people do not produce children, and whether gay men could adequately guard the country's borders.
1st October 2013
Rod Liddle: If Stephen Fry thinks Russia is bad for gay people, try the World Cup in Qatar 21
3:56 PM — Controversial journalist and columnist Rod Liddle says Qatar’s treatment of gay people is a reason why the 2022 World Cup should not be held in the country.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
5th September 2013
Oman: News editor who published sympathetic article about gay life to face public prosecution 8
3:57 PM — Oman's ministry of information has referred the editor of a local newspaper to public prosecution for questioning over a sympathetic article he published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
3rd September 2013
Oman: Newspaper issues front page apology for publishing a sympathetic article about gay life 7
12:26 PM — A newspaper in Oman has printed a front page apology for a sympathetic article it published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.
29th August 2013
Yemen: Al-Qaeda suspects kill man they believed was gay 14
4:12 PM — Suspected members of Al-Qaeda on Thursday shot dead a Yemeni man who they believed was gay, a security official has said.
23rd August 2013
Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument 21
2:05 PM — Israel has announced that it is to erect a monument in the honour of gay victims of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the country.
16th August 2013
Dubai: Gym removes ad which suggests women being overweight turns straight men gay 6
6:16 PM — A fitness centre in Dubai has removed an online advert which attracted criticism for apparently suggesting that if women are overweight, they risk turning straight men gay.
2nd August 2013
Tel Aviv: Gay orthodox Jewish man is one of Israel’s few religious drag queens 4
2:46 PM — An Orthodox Jewish man reveals how he has come to accept himself as a gay person living in Israel, starting living life closeted in his early adulthood married to a woman, to becoming one of the few religious drag queens working in Tel Aviv's downtown circuit.
31st July 2013
Gay US soldiers demoted for use of Craigslist 23
7:11 PM — Soldiers in the US army posted in Afghanistan have been using the website Craigslist for casual hookups on base, but some have been heavily disciplined, demoted and fined, a report has revealed.
16th July 2013
Yemen: Al-Qaeda linked group kills man ‘accused of being gay’ 5
2:41 PM — Two militants from an Al-Qaeda linked group have shot dead a man in the southern Lahj province of the country, on the basis of his perceived sexuality.
8th July 2013
Tel Aviv: Prime suspect of LGBT youth centre shooting reveals he was ‘driven by biblical edict to attack homosexuals’ 24
5:33 PM — The prime suspect in the fatal 2009 shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre has confessed that he carried out the shooting “because of the biblical edict to attack homosexuals.”
28th June 2013
Lebanon: Human Rights Watch details anti-LGBT police brutality in new report 3
5:57 PM — A report issued by Human Rights Watch this week has revealed abuse, torture and ill-treatment of both trans and gay people by Lebanese internal xecurity forces, including physical violence, intimidation, humiliation, and forced confessions.