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Middle East

  • 2nd March 2012

    Feature: Gay testimonies from the Emirates 18

    Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE and punishable by imprisonment

    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.

  • 27th February 2012

    UAE: Pulled ‘gay cure’ video gets ‘unprecedented’ media interest 10

    The 'straight makeover' video was pulled from YouTube

    10:32 AM — Following the article 'UAE 'gay cure’ video removed from YouTube', The National, one of the country’s most widely respected English language broadsheets, followed suit and reported on the matter.

  • 24th February 2012

    UAE ‘gay cure’ video removed from YouTube 8

    The 'straight makeover' video has now been pulled from YouTube

    12:28 PM — A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) working with Gay Middle East and the international LGBT Press.

  • 13th February 2012

    Israel urged: No war before Madonna’s Pride gig, please 30

    Madonna, show-stopper, war-stopper? (Photo: David Shankbone)

    11:19 AM — An Israeli man has created a Facebook page calling on his government to hold off on a potential war with Iran until Madonna has completed her pre-Pride gig in Tel Aviv.

  • 30th January 2012

    Video: UAE ‘straight makeover’ video slammed 31

    The “Be Yourself “video shows a gay youth scrubbed clean to make him a macho Emirati man

    3:05 PM — LGBT people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have attacked a YouTube video ‘tutorial’ which shows how gays can be ‘cured’ or ‘scrubbed clean’ of their sexuality.

  • New Twitter censorship function prompts concern in anti-gay states 9

    Concern has been raised for oppressed gay communities

    12:52 PM — Twitter's announcement that it will be able to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis has prompted concern for gay communities in hostile countries.

  • 22nd January 2012

    Tunisian Interior Minister in a gay sex video scandal 20

    Interior minister, Ali Larayedh

    7:36 PM — Tunisia’s new interior minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in controversy and scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him in a gay prison sex video. This scandal has outraged and inflamed public opinion regarding homosexuality which was already jittery due to the electoral political tactics that used sexuality in order to discredit various opponents.

  • 17th January 2012

    Kuwait: Reports highlight police brutality to trans community 2

    A Kuwaiti trans woman said the situation is "intolerable"

    9:40 AM — Transphobia is widespread throughout Kuwait following the introduction of a discriminatory law in 2007 that arbitrarily criminalises “imitating the opposite sex”, reports say.

  • 13th January 2012

    Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia 110

    Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia

    10:32 PM — As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment.

  • 12th January 2012

    Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49

    Tel Aviv pride events are generally more peaceful than in Jerusalem (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".

  • 12th December 2011

    Tel Aviv gay park ‘becoming too dangerous’ 28

    The park has seen a number of assaults in recent months

    10:08 AM — A Tel Aviv park popular with the gay community is becoming too dangerous after a series of attacks, campaigners say. Gan Meir park, where the city's gay community centre is based, has seen a number of anti-gay assaults in recent months.

  • 24th November 2011

    US professor: Pro-gay Israeli stance “conceals Palestinian human rights violations” 89

    Israel has publicly promoted Tel Aviv as a destination for gay tourists

    11:41 AM — "Pinkwashing", according to the professor, has emerged as "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity." The idea was described as "ludicrous and offensive".

  • 17th November 2011

    Michael Lucas: Beware of the risk of homophobia arising from the Arab Spring 174

    Michael Lucas is the CEO of Lucas Entertainment

    11:12 PM — Gay entertainment mogul Michael Lucas warns of the risks of homophobic Islamist governments forming after the Arab Spring. After decades in power, a brutal dictator in a Muslim country is dramatically deposed by a massive popular uprising. Sound familiar? Of course: that's what happened in Egypt and Libya this year, as part of what's known as the Arab Spring. But it's also what happened in Iran in 1979 -- and that should make us pause for a moment.

  • 13th September 2011

    Gay Iranians come out on Facebook 24

    Homosexuality is illegal in Iran

    4:27 PM — A Facebook group has been set up for gay Iranians to come out and discuss their personal stories. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and there is no gay rights movement operating openly within the country.

  • 6th September 2011

    Human rights group claims Iran hanged three men for gay sex 111

    The men were reportedly hanged for sodomy (Photo: Bryant Davidson)

    2:31 PM — A human rights group has claimed that three Iranian men have been hanged for having gay sex. Iran Human Rights, which says it covers news from the country's official news sources, said state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported the hangings.

  • 12th August 2011

    Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre faces closure 4

    Tel Aviv's gay youth centre may have to close

    1:26 PM — An LGBT youth centre in Tel Aviv may have to close because of financial problems. The Bar Noar centre was the scene of a fatal shooting two years ago, in which a teenage girl and a counsellor died. The perpetrator has not been caught.

  • 5th August 2011

    Israel LGBT youth conference cancelled 95

    Israel will no longer hold the LGBT youth meeting

    4:54 PM — An international LGBT youth conference will no longer be held in Israel after Palestinian gay groups complained. The International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) general assembly was to be held in Tel Aviv in December.

  • 3rd August 2011

    HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17

    More cases of HIV in MSM are being found across North Africa and the Middle East

    5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.

  • 29th July 2011

    2,000 join Jerusalem Pride 4

    Past Jerusalem Prides have attracted violence (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    12:03 PM — Around 2,000 people joined a largely peaceful pride march in Jerusalem yesterday. The march has attracted violence in the past and 1,000 police officers were on the streets.

  • 4th July 2011

    Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126

    The US embassy held a gay rights event

    3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country

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