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.
UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues 29
10:31 AM — Two men were sentence for jail terms and deportation from the UAE following a complaint from a member of the public.
15th May 2012
Israeli newspaper Haaretz comes out for equal marriage within Israel 28
6:48 PM — The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has become the latest publication around the world to call on its Government to introduce full marriage equality. Israel recognises same sex marriages, so long as they are conducted outside of the country. Within Israel, only religious marriages can take place, so gay and straight couples wishing to hold a civil marriage are forced to go to another state in order to marry.
14th May 2012
LGBT Iranians to speak in London as four men sentenced to death 3
4:22 PM — An event launching a report on the way the internet affects LGBT life in Iran will be hosted in London this week, days after it was announced that the country was to execute four men on sodomy charges.
12th May 2012
Four Iranian men due to be hanged for sodomy 203
1:49 PM — Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy. Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
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.