17th September 2012
Canadian government criticises Iran on gay rights 12
4:22 PM — In a swipe at Iran, Canada’s Justice Minister Jason Kenney says the country is determined to promote gay rights on the international stage.
13th September 2012
Iraqi police behind anti-gay killings, says TV documentary 25
10:08 AM — A BBC World Service programme has revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the sustained systematic persecution of the country’s LGBT community.
8th September 2012
Iran news agency: ‘Jews are spreading homosexuality in a world-takeover bid’ 97
8:28 PM — A state-sponsored newspaper in Iran has published a document claiming to have uncovered a secret plot by the Jewish people, particularly in the US and UK, to spread homosexuality worldwide.
7th September 2012
Israel: High rates of suicide among country’s LGBT youth 13
1:13 PM — New research published this week in Israel has examined suicide rates among LGBT youth in the country.
6th September 2012
Turkey: Gay teenager allegedly murdered by father and uncle 33
1:04 PM — According to Hurriyet Daily News, the killing took place in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir last month.
5th September 2012
Comment: Let me tell you all about ‘pinkwashing’ 68
3:04 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk university student and LGBT campaigner Gary Spedding warns of the dangers of separating LGBT rights from human rights when profiling individual countries. He feels it can lead to inaccurate generalisations and also creates a pecking order for equality.
15th August 2012
Saudi government objects to ‘.gay’ domain name endings 21
2:24 PM — The government of Saudi Arabia has objected to several proposed new Internet address endings, including .gay.
2nd August 2012
Lebanon: ‘Anal probes’ used on 36 detainees at gay cinema 42
4:13 PM — Lebanese security authorities imposed a sweeping crackdown on a gay cinema in Beirut on Saturday and closed the movie house, arresting 36 male attendees and performing anal probes on them.
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.