26th April 2012
Iran believed to have executed a ‘gangster’ for engaging in gay sexual activities 27
4:51 PM — 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.
19th April 2012
Israel’s Masorti Movement will ordain gay men and lesbians as rabbis 15
11:19 PM — 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.
18th April 2012
Iranian cleric criticises western laws allowing ‘disgusting’ gay acts 54
5:20 PM — An Iranian cleric has described gay men and the politicians who pass laws protecting them as being 'worse than pigs and dogs'.
17th April 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex was ‘only kissing and cuddling’ 55
3:52 PM — A Scottish man jailed in Dubai for having gay sex behind a petrol station one night claims has said there was 'no sex involved'.
16th April 2012
Saudi Arabia: Schools ‘ban tomboys and gays’ 51
10:17 AM — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reportedly banned gays and tomboys from its schools citing efforts to tackle the two 'phenomena'.
12th April 2012
Dubai: British man jailed for three years for public gay sex 60
1:15 PM — Two men have been sentenced for three years in jail for having drunken gay sex in public in Dubai.
6th April 2012
Israeli committee to recommend legal surrogacy for gay couples 2
12:50 PM — As a result of a gay couple's appeal to the High Court of Justice in Israel, a public committee which regulates issues around fertility and childbirth in Israel is to recommend changing current legislation on adoption, which excludes gay couples.
3rd April 2012
Afghanistan: US military investigates soldier raising gay pride flag 41
10:47 PM — The US military has begun formal investigations into a series of three photographs that purport to show a soldier raising a rainbow flag, signifying gay pride, allegedly at a base in Afghanistan.
30th March 2012
New magazine and hope for LGBT people in Sudan 12
5:02 PM — A new online LGBT magazine in Sudan, north Africa, will offer an opportunity for the country's gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future. This is a first for the country, where homosexuality is still punishable by death.
29th March 2012
Possible end to blood ban on gay men in Israel 4
2:30 PM — 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.
26th March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — 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.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
20th March 2012
Dubai police chief denies gay party arrests 7
10:13 AM — The Dubai Chief of Police has denied reports of 30 arrests in the emirate but says homosexuality is illegal and against the local norms.
19th March 2012
Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt 25
2:06 PM — 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.
16th March 2012
30 gays arrested in Dubai say unconfirmed reports 45
6:14 PM — An United Arab Emirates LGBT group claims that more than 30 men have been arrested by government forces for being gay. The
12th March 2012
US embassy in Baghdad backs emo and LGBT murder vigil 9
5:10 PM — 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.
11th March 2012
Source: Iraqi government complicit with alleged emo and LGBT massacres 26
2:07 PM — 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.
9th March 2012
Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising 22
3:29 PM — 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.
Reports of emo youth and LGBT people ‘being massacred in Iraq’ 31
1:51 PM — 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.
2nd March 2012
Feature: Gay testimonies from the Emirates 18
2:54 PM — 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. PinkNews.co.uk, with the help of Gay Middle East, spoke to two gay people in the UAE to get their stories.