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

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 the country's conservative laws.

Turkey defends Red Crescent head in anti-<em>gay</em> tweet row

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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.

Thousands in Israel attend muted <em>Gay</em> <em>Pride</em> despite coronavirus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands in Israel attend muted Gay Pride despite coronavirus

Thousands took part in muted LGBT events across Israel on Sunday as the usually larger gatherings were cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

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.

The New Arab Staff

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+ ...

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 flying a ...

Decathlon Turkey faces backlash over <em>gay</em> <em>pride</em> post

The New Arab & agencies

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.

The New Arab

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 ...

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 people ...

Coronavirus: Lebanon's LGBT+ community is locked down and unprotected

Emily Lewis

Coronavirus: Lebanon's LGBT+ community is locked down and unprotected

LGBT+ people in Lebanon, whose mere existence is already criminalised, often depend on community centres, tight social networks and dedicated ...

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on <em>gay</em> marriage

The New Arab

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.

The loneliness of being queer and Muslim

Aniqah Choudhri

The loneliness of being queer and Muslim

Comment: LGBT Muslims in the UK face both homophobia and Islamophobia, writes Aniqah Choudhri.

The New Arab

MENA LGBT+ groups increase community support under coronavirus restrictions

As coronavirus restrictions isolate LGBT+ Middle Easterners, advocacy groups are determined to show support through community efforts.

The New Arab & agencies

London Muslim gay pride festival postponed over coronavirus crisis

London's first-ever Muslim Pride event has been postponed until winter following updated advice on the coronavirus pandemic.

The New Arab

Coronavirus punishment from God for homosexuality: Israeli Rabbi

Rabbi Meir Mazuz was urged to apologise after saying coronavirus is a punishment from God for gay pride parades.

The New Arab & agencies

Huge #NoVote protests sweep Algeria ahead of contentious elections

‘Say no to voting with this regime’: Thousands marched in Algeria’s cities days ahead of elections that the pro-democracy movement are calling a ...

Clerics force cancellation of 'immoral' Beirut <em>gay</em> <em>pride</em> opening

The New Arab & agencies

Clerics force cancellation of 'immoral' Beirut gay pride opening

Members of the LGBT community enjoy comparatively more freedom in Lebanon than in most other Middle East countries but still have no rights and ...

The New Arab

Saudi Islam minister visits notorious Chechen president

Saudi Arabia's Islam minister visited Grozny this weekend, where he met with Chechnya's president.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Palestinians shouldn't mean pinkwashing the occupation

Nick McAlpin

Supporting LGBTQ+ Palestinians shouldn't mean pinkwashing the occupation

Comment: To be a good ally means listening, and Palestine's LGBTQ+ community is telling you they don't want your solidarity if it involves ...

1975's Matt Healy defies Dubai anti-<em>gay</em> law with kiss

The New Arab

1975's Matt Healy defies Dubai anti-gay law with kiss

Matt Healey, a singer from the band ‘the 1975’ told his gay fans that he loved them and that God did too, video footage that emerged ...

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Nicholas Frakes

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Although its gig was cancelled under pressure from Christian groups, Mashrou' Leila have become a symbol in a country where activists say ...

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