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Hashtag ‘I love gays’ trending in Saudi Arabia

February 8, 2017
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An unlikely hashtag has been trending across Saudi Arabia.

The hashtag احب_المثليين_ولست_منهم which means “I love gays and I’m not one of them” was the number one trend throughout the weekend.

It first appeared last Thursday, and in a surprise move became very popular.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative and anti-LGBT societies in the world.

There was previously a push for harsher anti-gay laws in the country after claims social media was “making too many homosexuals”.

Men thought to have had sex with men face fines, floggings, prison time up to life, torture, chemical castrations, whipping, torture, and/or death penalty.

If they’re found to have slept with another man twice they face automatic execution.

https://twitter.com/t96G_/status/827519823836041217

It has previously been claimed that WikiLeaks led to deaths of gay men in Saudi Arabia.

Related topics: death penalty, Gay, LGBT, online, saudi, trend, Twitter

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