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UAE: Pulled ‘gay cure’ video gets ‘unprecedented’ media interest

The ‘straight makeover’ video was pulled from YouTubeThe ‘straight makeover’ video was pulled from YouTube Following the article ‘UAE ‘gay cure’ video removed from YouTube’, The National, one of the country’s most widely respected English language broadsheets, followed suit and reported on the matter. Local LGBT activists see this as an important first step in… Read more »

Toronto Welcomes Forteen Iranian Gay Refugees from Turkey

Dear friends, IRQR would like to thank all of you for your dedication and support to our cause. Without your help it would not be possible to accomplish the work we do. We are pleased to announce that fourteen of our members who have fled Iran to Turkey have been granted refugee status by the… Read more »

The Atrocities of Yemen’s Forces

President Saleh Is Entitled to Medical Treatment, But Not Immunity Since anti-government protests began in Yemen a year ago, President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians. Some of the worst attacks were in the flashpoint city of Taizz.  Security forces there attacked peaceful demonstrations, stormed and shelled hospitals, evicted patients… Read more »

Video: UAE ‘straight makeover’ video slammed

LGBT people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have attacked a YouTube video ‘tutorial’ which shows how gays can be ‘cured’ or ‘scrubbed clean’ of their sexuality. The six-minute ‘tutorial’ entitled ‘Be Yourself’ has shocked the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of the UAE when it was posted a little more than a week… Read more »

Twitter may censor LGBT tweets across the Middle East

This Thursday Twitter announced  that the company will now start to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis, allowing the popular microblogging site to comply with local governments’ request to remove, block certain content or users. Gay Middle East fears this will mean censorship of LGBT Tweets in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, Twitter… Read more »

Kuwait: Reports highlight police brutality to trans community

Kuwaiti police have been torturing and sexually abusing transgender women continually since 2007, claimed a report released by Human Rights Watch published yesterday. The most recent case of police violence was reported on 7 January 2012, where three transgender women were brutally detained. Gay Middle East has also been reporting on this continual abuse and… Read more »

Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia

As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment. Activists are concerned for the safety of a 30-year-old man arrested by the religious police in Saudi Arabia for using Facebook to date other men. The man, whose… Read more »

Gay Dubai (United Arab Emirates): Forbidden and Taboo

Posted by:  detainedindubai.org 2010 Photos, News & Reports for Gay UAE Warning! Many LGBT individuals may chose to visit Dubai or the UAE but it is extremely important to be informed of the consequences of being openly gay in this region. Although one should never have to hide who they are, it’s the only way… Read more »

Beirut’s Growing Gay Scene Gets “Out” Online

Sitting at a café in Beirut Souks, Rabee lowers his voice and makes a quieting gesture. “Can we please keep this conversation down?” he asks. “I don’t want people at the next table to hear.” Rabee is a good-looking young Lebanese man in his twenties, wearing a light-colored shirt and jeans. He is also gay,… Read more »

Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf states

A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves. The prestigious Kenyatta University is being particularly targeted, the magazine found.… Read more »

Op-ed: The Legacy of the Bush War on Iraqi Gays

Even with the end of the war in Iraq, there is no relief for gay Iraqis who live in a desperate reality being documented by a publication called Gay Middle East. With the lowering of the American flag, finally off Iraqi soil as it returns home to the United States, and the ecstatic familial greetings… Read more »

Op-ed: The Legacy of the Bush War on Iraqi Gays

Even with the end of the war in Iraq, there is no relief for gay Iraqis who live in a desperate reality being documented by a publication called Gay Middle East. With the lowering of the American flag, finally off Iraqi soil as it returns home to the United States, and the ecstatic familial greetings… Read more »

Norway refuses gay Iraqi asylum

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect new information that another Iraqi Kurdish asylum seeker, whose story had strong similarities and had also been reported in the Norwegian media, was in fact a different person. That Iraqi has been granted asylum. His name and picture have been removed from this story at his request.… Read more »

Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Gay Marriage

More than 100 Orthodox rabbis have signed onto a statement in opposition to same sex weddings, saying that gay marriage is a “desecration of Torah values.” The statement was a response to a November wedding between two men that was officiated by the Orthodox-ordained rabbi and longtime gay rights activist Steven Greenberg. Hailed as an… Read more »

“Modern” Dubai Says Male Victims Of Male Rape Are Homosexuals

The below horrific story of the kidnapping and violent rape of a young French man, a longtime resident of Dubai, is lengthy and concise so I will keep my comments to a minimum. Aside from the crimes committed against this man what screams out from this article is both the refusal of Dubai to recognize… Read more »

HIV rate rises sharply among gay men in Israel

2010 data: One fifth of the 2,000 gay men who participated in a study did not use condoms during the previous six months. Among the 420 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Israel in 2010, 148 of them were homosexual men, according to the Health Ministry, which is worried about the “dramatic increase” in infection… Read more »

Qatari religious leader speaks against LGBT people

What do you do when your leaders and your religious authorities are against you? This isn’t an issue faced only in the Middle East. Conservatives in all countries continue to speak out against homosexuality, usually through very insulting and sometimes even violent rhetoric. Often, the messages are filled with pseudo-science and a complete lack of… Read more »

Gay Palestine News & Reports 2011

1 Palestinian LGBTs increasingly in conflict w/Israeli Arab LGBTs 6/11 June 29, 2011 – Rainbow News Russian to English translation 1 Palestinian LGBTs increasingly in conflict with the Israeli Arab LGBT organization The Palestinian LGBT groups are increasingly in conflict with the Israeli Arab (Palestinian) LGBT organization was nearly cancelled the International Conference of Youth… Read more »

Gay Middle East News & Reports 2010-11

The Muslim World, Edited by Michael Luongo (ch. 10 by GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon) See books reviews: Gay City News and Philadelphia Gay News Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Middle East Youth Muslim Yahoo Group: "Queer Muslim Revolution" Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah, Barra Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT… Read more »

Gay Syria News & Reports 2011

Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims 1 Syria during the Protests: more fear, more arrests 5/11 2 Will gays be ‘sacrificial lambs’ in Arab Spring?… Read more »

Gay Bahrain News & Reports

Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine Bahrain Rights Organization Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims 1 Bahrain cracks down on gay migrant workers 7/02 2 Gay party halted 1/04 2a Tourist convicted… Read more »

Gay Saudi Arabia News & Reports 2011

Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims 1 Gay British man arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia 4/11 1b Saudi Initiative to Combat AIDS in the… Read more »

Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeks U.S. Asylum

Los Angeles — An openly gay Saudi Arabian diplomat in Los Angeles who requested asylum in late August said he had received death threats since making it public on Saturday that he had asked to be allowed to stay in the United States. The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, was still awaiting word from American officials… Read more »

Death for Gays in Iran Creates Underground Railway

Iranian queers have well-founded fears of persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Penal Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran, permits the punishment of queer people by lashing, hanging, stoning, cutting in half by a sword, or dropping from a tall building or cliff. My own and IRQR’s experiences in researching… Read more »

Gay Iraq News & Reports 2010-11

Also see: Iraqi LGBT website/blog New book 2007: Gay Travels in the Muslim World, Edited by Michael Luongo (chapter 10 written by GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon) See book review: Gay City News Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine Iranian queer online… Read more »

Gay Iraq News & Reports 2009

Also see: Iraqi LGBT website/blog New book 2007: Gay Travels in the Muslim World, Edited by Michael Luongo (chapter 10 written by GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon) See book review: Gay City News Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Muslim… Read more »

Gay United Arab Emirates News & Reports 2008-09

The United Arab Emirates (also the UAE or the Emirates) is a Middle Eastern country situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, comprising seven emirates: Abu Dhabi: (Information 1), (Info 2), (Info 3), (Info 4), (PBS-TV Report) Ajma¯n: (Info 1) Dubai: (Info 1), (Info 2), (Info 3),… Read more »

Gay Saudi Arabia News & Reports 2006-10

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Middle East Web Site: Gay Middle East More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: Al-Fatiha-News Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men      LGBT Muslim Queer Jihad Bi Muslims Trans Muslims        Lesbian… Read more »

Gay Iraq News & Reports 2007-08

Also see:Iraqi LGBT website/blog Islam and Homosexuality Also see: New book 2007: Gay Travels in the Muslim World, Edited by Michael Luongo (chapter 10 written by GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon) See book review: Gay City News Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2010-11

1 Court: Palestinian persecuted for homosexuality can stay in Israel 1/10 2 Live For Tel Aviv 4/10 3 Eyes Wide Open reveals the homophobia of Orthodox Judaism 5/10 4 Madrid gay pride march bans Israelis over Gaza flotilla raids 6/10 5 Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 6/10 6 Travel: Tel Aviv- bursting with pride 6/10… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2008-09

1 Lesbian and gay couples are adopting in Israel. 1/08 2 Israel’s other war 1/08 3 LGBT Palestinian organisation formed in Jerusalem 2/08 3a Drag against the occupation 3/08 4 Gay adoption ruling may set precedent in Israel 3/08 5 Out’ publishes guide to picking up Israeli men 3/08 6 Lesbian mums fight for legal… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2007

1 Tel Aviv, the final gay frontier 1/07 2 Jerusalem registers its first gay couple 1/07 2 West Bank gays more at home in Israel 2/07 4 Open House fights for J’lem gay parade 3/07 5 Arab lesbians wary of defying gay taboo 3/07 6 Arab Lesbians Hold Rare Public Meeting in Haifa, Defying Islamist… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2006

1 Israel’s Gay Forest 2/06 2 Preparations for Int’l Jerusalem Pride (August) Under Way 4/06 3 Jerusalem, Now (Non-gay travelogue) 4/06 4 5th Gay Pride Parade in Eilat 5/06 5 Israel Gay Youth organizatiion(IGY) 6 Gay drama in Holy City–Anti-Israel group call for WorldPride Boycott 6/06 7 WorldPride organizers undaunted amid protests, pledge safe event… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2005

1 Israeli court rules on lesbian couple adoption1/05 2 Gay parade a no-go? 2/05 3 New Israel Holocaust Memorial Honors Gay Victims 3/05 4 Gay Jerusalem determined to hold parade 3/05 5 Chief Rabbi gives his support to Jerusalem World Pride 4/05 6 Jerusalem Gay Bar Torched 4/05 7 Jerusalem gay pride parade postponed to… Read more »

Gay Israel News & Reports 2003-04

Press Release: WorldPride 2005 in Jerusalem The Jerusalem Open House is the GLBT community center serving the population of the Holy City and will be hosting the WorldPride celebrations in August 2005. As an organization that serves both Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs alike, the Jerusalem Open House works to unite a fragmented community,… Read more »

Gay Iran News and Reports 2010

Iranian Queer Organization Iranian Queer Organization Online Magazine Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine Iranian queer online magazine (Farsi) UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian… Read more »

Gay Iran News and Reports 2009

Iranian Queer Organization (www.irqo.net) Iranian Queer Organization Online Magazine (www.cheraq.net) Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Middle East Web Site: http://www.gaymiddleeast.com/ More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran:(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAzMuHyg8Eg) Gay Islam… Read more »

Gay Iran News and Reports 2008

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Iranian Queer Organization (www.irqo.net) Iranian Queer Organization Online Magazine (www.cheraq.net) Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site: http://www.gaymiddleeast.com/ More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran:(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAzMuHyg8Eg)… Read more »

Gay Iran News and Reports 2007

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Iranian Queer Organization (www.irqo.net) Iranian Queer Organization Online Magazine (www.cheraq.net) Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site: http://www.gaymiddleeast.com/ More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran:(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAzMuHyg8Eg)… Read more »

Gay Iran News and Reports 2007 Jun-Dec

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Iranian Queer Organization (www.irqo.net) Iranian Queer Organization Online Magazine (www.cheraq.net) Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site: http://www.gaymiddleeast.com/ More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran:(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAzMuHyg8Eg)… Read more »