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Turkey witnessed its biggest anti-domestic violence protest on Wednesday since demonstrations began a few weeks ago.

Human Rights Watch urged Tunisia to end the use of anal testing, used as "proof" to prosecute same-sex relations.

Saudi Arabia jails Yemeni blogger over LGBTQ+ rights support

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Saudi Arabia jails Yemeni blogger over LGBTQ+ rights support

The blogger is scheduled to be deported to Yemen, where he faces death threats.

Netflix mired in Turkey row over LGBTQ+ characters

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Netflix mired in Turkey row over LGBTQ+ characters

The Turkish government has been accused of censoring gay characters in two Netflix series, sparking a heated conversation around censorship and ...

Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

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Sudan drops death penalty, flogging for gay sex

Activists praised Sudan's decision to lift the death penalty for gay sex 'as first step', but warned that queer people could still jailed under ...

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Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

Around 20 activist groups called on Facebook to stop the spread of anti-gay hate speech targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Turkey defends Red Crescent head in anti-gay tweet row

Turkey's presidency defended Turkish Red Crescent chief Kerem Kinik after he compared the LGBTQ+ community to paedophiles.

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Egypt actor's transgender son sued over Sarah Hegazi post

The transgender son of prominent Egyptian actor Hisham Selim was sued after posting an Instagram video in support of Sarah Hegazi, an exiled ...

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'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

A cleric in Egypt clarified it is permissible to mourn the lives of atheists and homosexuals, after a debate was triggered by the death of queer ...

Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

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Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

The death of Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy sent shockwaves through the Arab LGBT community.

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Turkey transgender woman sues neighbours over years of harassment

Turkish trans woman Ajda Ender has finally had her lawsuit accepted by a court after more than a decade of 'gender-based harassment' and ...

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

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Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

Egyptian LGBT activist Sara Hegazy, who took her own life in Canada where she lived in exile, had been "oppressed" by the Cairo government, ...

Decathlon Turkey faces backlash over gay pride post

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Decathlon Turkey faces backlash over gay pride post

The sports brand's support of gay pride has been attacked by some online, whilst others have come out in its defence.

Morocco's LGBT community is living in fear

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Morocco's LGBT community is living in fear

A month after gay men were outed in Morocco, Ramadan and the Covid-19 lockdown have only made matters worse for the LGBT community.

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

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The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

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Former Rouhani aide 'apologises' for supporting LGBTQ families

According the Islamic Penal Code, any action which "contributes to the spread of homosexuality" is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

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Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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EU embassies face Iraqi backlash after raising 'LGBTQ flag'

An LGBTQ flag that was raised by western diplomats in Iraq's capital Baghdad prompted a swift backlash online, forcing the missions to U-turn on ...

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EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

Top Egyptian actor breaks taboo by revealing transgender son

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Top Egyptian actor breaks taboo by revealing transgender son

Hesham Salim said he was not 'confused or surprised' when his son Nour came out as transgender.

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Popular Saudi Ramadan series 'defends homosexuality'

Saudi Twitter users were left outraged this week after a popular Ramadan drama series 'defended homosexuality'.

Tunisian authorities deny country's 'first gay marriage'

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Tunisian authorities deny country's 'first gay marriage'

A marriage that took place in France between two men - including one Tunisian - has reportedly been registered in Tunisia, making it the 'first ...

Gay Moroccans 'outed and abused' after photos leaked online

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Gay Moroccans 'outed and abused' after photos leaked online

Gay men in Morocco are facing abuse and homelessness after being kicked out by family members following a targeted abuse campaign to 'out' their ...

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-LGBT sermon

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Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-LGBT sermon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted ...

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