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In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the social gains of the revolution.

Biden to pick Buttigieg as transportation chief: reports

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Biden to pick Buttigieg as transportation chief: reports

It's long been clear that Joe Biden would find some role for Pete Buttigieg in his administration.

Transgender people to gain inheritance <em>rights</em> in Bangladesh

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Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights ...

Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

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Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

Bangladesh has opened its first Islamic school for transgender Muslims, in a new win for LGBTQ+ members of the Islamic community.

Brooke Anderson

Arab and Muslim candidates take on local US politics

In-depth: Aside from winning their races, Arab and Muslim politicians also have to win over sceptics.

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HRW urges Algeria to free men jailed for homosexuality

Human Rights Watch has called on Algeria to release two men sentenced to three years jail for homosexual relations and 44 other people ...

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Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder, Tunisia battles with homophobia

Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond.

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How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

With same-sex relations criminalised in Tunisia, the queer community is usually forced to live in the shadows - but now an influencer is ...

LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

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LGBTQ activists subjected to ‘forced virginity exams’: HRW

Egyptian police and prosecutors have been accused of inflicting verbal abuse, extracting forced confessions and denying detainees access to ...

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Riyadh allowed raunchy Netflix shows for anti-Saudi episode's removal

Saudi Arabia allowed sexually explicit Netflix shows to stream domestically in exchange for the company's removal of a satire show's episode ...

Pakistan bans dating apps Tinder, Grindr over ‘immoral’ content

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Pakistan bans dating apps Tinder, Grindr over ‘immoral’ content

Pakistan has blocked access to the popular dating apps, prompting outrage.

Asylum for Sale: The intersection of capitalism and migration

Sophia Akram

Asylum for Sale: The intersection of capitalism and migration

Book Club: Through essays, artwork, and photographs, this explosive new book documents the global asylum regime as an industry characterised by ...

Imperialism, patriarchy and the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism

Yousra Samir Imran

Imperialism, patriarchy and the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian scholar Dr. Sa'ed Atshan to discuss his new book 'Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique'.

Syrian men, trans women suffered ‘monstrous’ sexual violence

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Syrian men, trans women suffered ‘monstrous’ sexual violence

Human Rights Watch has reported of harrowing violence in Syria against men and trans women during the war.

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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.

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Israeli president lashes out at government, talks of election

The Israeli president has criticised the unity government of in-fighting ahead of the elections.

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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 ...

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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 ...

Facebook urged to block anti-<em>gay</em> 'hate speech' in MENA

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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 ...

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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.

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 ...

'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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