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Saudi police arrest everyone involved in Mecca ‘gay wedding’ after video goes viral

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have reportedly arrested everyone involved in an alleged same-sex wedding. A video clip, which features two men in traditional Saudi dress in an apparent wedding ceremony, went viral in the country last week. ? Many in the Middle Eastern country have posted homophobic messages and hate speech since the video emerged,… Read more »

Police kill two people for wearing women’s clothes in Saudi Arabia

Two Pakistanis identified as cross-dressers have been tortured to death by police in Saudi Arabia, it has been reported. The victims were among 35 men arrested in the capital city of Riyadh for dressing as women, an offence which has its own branch of law enforcement in Saudi Arabia. According to The Express Tribune, a… Read more »

Transgender Saudi man speaks out publicly for first time to help others

“My name wasn’t Salman when I was born about 28 years ago. It was Salma.” London (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a transgender man from Saudi Arabia, where his identity could see him jailed and flogged, Salman Al-Dukheil waited decades before speaking out about who he is – or who he was. “My name wasn’t… Read more »

Top Saudi cleric: Homosexuals should not be punished

A prominent Saudi Muslim scholar has come out to disavow persecution of gay people. Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, with harsh punishments ranging from floggings to the death penalty. But Dr Salman al-Ouda, a member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and director of Islam Today, has called for an end to the… Read more »

‘A Sinner in Mecca’ documents gay Muslim pilgrimage

A new film made by a gay Muslim pilgram offers a different perspective to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in a documentary that has attracted death threats. New York: The confession of a Pakistani murderer. Overzealous religious police. An Arab angered that his pregnant wife was molested in the holiest site known to Islam. A… Read more »

Saudi Arabia busts two gay parties

Several people arrested in swoops in Jeddah’s Harzat area Manama: Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrested several people in the Red Sea city of Jeddah following raids on two parties in which most participants were homosexuals. The raids were conducted simultaneously at dawn on Saturday in the Harzat area, known for its recreational facilities, local news… Read more »

Saudis Behead Four For Drug Possession & Persecute ‘Gay’ And Businesswoman

The Saudi Arabian “morality police” have been busy these past weeks handing out gruesome penalties for crimes that would be considered misdemeanors in the U.S. Sharia, of course, has different standards than we do and those standards are harsh and deadly. Sharia has no set code of laws that can be relied on to assure… Read more »

Jail, 450 lashes for Saudi man who used Twitter to befriend gay men

Saudi Arabia: A man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for using his Twitter account to meet with gay men. The 24-year-old unnamed was arrested after he posted several tweets calling for same-sex relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, according to… Read more »

LGBTQ Communities in the Arab World Face Unique Digital Threats

Across the Arab world, LGBTQ communities still struggle to gain social recognition, and individuals still face legal penalties for consensual activities. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq, homosexuality is punishable by death. In 2001, 52 men were arrested for being gay in Cairo. And in Syria, Algeria, and the United Arab Emirates, being outed as… Read more »

Gay Saudi Arabia News & Reports 2006-10

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