Breaking News

An Iraqi-Kurdish MP criticised the arrests last week of people 'suspected' of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Sulaimani.

"We are not silent, we are not afraid, we do not obey."

Polarisation gnaws at Syria's hopes for reconciliation

Zaina Erhaim

Polarisation gnaws at Syria's hopes for reconciliation

Comment: Ideological polarisation in Syria has left no room for nuance, and deprived Syrians of the social fabric necessary for reconciliation, writes Zahra Erhaim.

Sexual assault cases rock Egypt with criticism over handling

The New Arab Staff

Sexual assault cases rock Egypt with criticism over handling

Two cases of sexual assault in Egypt have revealed faults in prosecuting the accused and caring for victims.

Erdogan lashes out at Turkey's LGBT movement

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Erdogan lashes out at Turkey's LGBT movement

Erdogan's nationally-televised remarks came after Turkish police detained four people over the weekend for depicting Islam's holiest site with ...

The New Arab Staff

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 legal counsel and medical care.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 ...

The New Arab Staff

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 ...

The New Arab Staff

'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.

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 ...

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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, ...

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

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT <em>flag</em> sparks outcry

The New Arab

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 ...

EU embassies face Iraqi backlash after raising 'LGBTQ <em>flag</em>'

The New Arab

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 ...

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 LGBTQ flag in Baghdad.

The New Arab

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile objections on ...

The New Arab

Lebanese children detained for tearing down president's party poster

Five people, including three minors, were detained on Saturday after ripping down a banner for the party of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

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 online ...

Dutch band pulls out of Lebanon festival in protest

The New Arab & agencies

Dutch band pulls out of Lebanon festival in protest

Within Temptation joined other activists in protest after festival organisers last week pulled Lebanese indie group Mashrou' Leila from the ...

The New Arab

Lebanon cancels Mashrou' Leila concert 'to prevent bloodshed'

Lebanon's Byblos festival has canceled a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila which was set for next week after calls from church leaders who ...

Lebanon must end religious 'hate campaign' against Mashrou' Leila

The New Arab

Lebanon must end religious 'hate campaign' against Mashrou' Leila

Several religious figures have called for the cancellation of the band's concert on August 9 in Byblos over the 'group's aims and the content of ...

Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila faces threats ahead of Byblos gig

The New Arab

Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila faces threats ahead of Byblos gig

The four-member indie band were targeted by a Facebook group named 'God's soldiers', which has threatened the band along with concertgoers in a ...

Lebanese band Mashrou Leila release anti-occupation music video

The New Arab

Lebanese band Mashrou Leila release anti-occupation music video

Mashrou Leila released the music video for their song Cavalry - the first single to be released from their upcoming fifth album entitled The ...

Most Popular

Most Popular