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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.

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

Egypt actor's transgender son sued over Sarah Hegazi post

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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 LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide.

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

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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

Yousra Samir Imran

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 'threats'.

Rasha Younes

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Comment: Sarah Hegazy was driven to take her life by Egypt's state-powered, lethal patriarchy. As we continue to resist, may she rest, spared of ...

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ ...

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Egypt detains another journalist on 'fake news' charges

Egypt has already been named the third worst jailer of journalists, after China and Turkey, by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Egypt <em>LGBTQ</em>+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Danya Hajjaji

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for ...

Danya Hajjaji

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

Social media users rallied around a Kuwaiti transgender woman who surrendered herself to police after she spoke out on her alleged sexual ...

Disney's new Eid film could shatter Muslim stereotypes

Sami Rahman

Disney's new Eid film could shatter Muslim stereotypes

Disney's new short film about Eid will surely please its Muslim audience, who in the past have been misrepresented. But is it too little, too ...

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 ...

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

Danya Hajjaji

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had ...

Former Rouhani aide 'apologises' for supporting <em>LGBTQ</em> families

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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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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 the move.

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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 ...

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access to ...

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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.

Popular Saudi Ramadan series 'defends homosexuality'

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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'.

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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 ...

How the LGBT+ community is coping with the Coronavirus

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How the LGBT+ community is coping with the Coronavirus

Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond. In this episode we bring to light heart-warming ...

Saudi women expose sexual harassers on Twitter

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Saudi women expose sexual harassers on Twitter

Women in Saudi Arabia are posting sexual harassment testimonies on Twitter under pseudonyms in 'brave move,' HRW says

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

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Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

The influential Iran-linked cleric has previously been linked to the torture and killing of gay men in Iraq.

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