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LGBTQ+ Afghans plead with United Nations to investigate horrific Taliban abuses: ‘End the silence’

LGBTQ+ Afghans are pleading with the United Nations to investigate the murder, rape and persecution inflicted upon them by the Taliban. Rainbow Afghanistan, a grassroots organisation that campaigns for LGBTQ+ rights in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, has hit out at the UN and other human rights organisations for ignoring their community in a furious open letter. The… Read more »

‘They Torture And Kill Us’: Gay Afghan Men Fear For Lives Under The Taliban

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Meet the brave transgender refugee staging the ‘world’s first’ LGBTQ+ Afghan protest

“Life before the Taliban was also not easy for us, but after the coming of the Taliban, everything was totally destroyed.” Afghanistan has never been a safe haven for LGBTQ+ people, but for trans women like Ozlam, the Taliban takeover in August 2021 plunged her into danger in a way she’d never experienced before. Overnight,… Read more »

Afghanistan gay rights

As the Taliban appeared on every corner of Kabul, Marwa and her friend — both gay Afghans — took the drastic decision to become husband and wife. The hurried marriage was conducted with no ceremony or family around them. “I was telling myself that the Taliban would come and kill me,” the 24-year-old told AFP… Read more »

Six Islamic militants sentenced to death for brutal murder of gay rights activists

Six members of an Islamic militant group have been sentenced to death for the brutal murder of two prominent Bangladeshi gay rights activists. Bangladesh’s LGBT+ community was left in shock in April 2016 when Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, 25, were found hacked to death in Mannan’s apartment. Mannan was the editor of… Read more »

Taliban cut Afghan man’s body into pieces to ‘show what they do with gay people’

A gay man in Afghanistan has described how the Taliban killed his boyfriend and “cut his body into pieces” to “show what they do with gay people”. The 26-year-old, going by the pseudonym of “Gabir” to protect his identity, told the i that he and his boyfriend were sitting in a restaurant together in Afghanistan’s… Read more »

Column: The Taliban’s return means death for LGBTQ Afghans. Biden, will you help?

President Biden is held in high regard in the LGBTQ community, largely for his “Meet the Press” interview in 2012, when as vice president he endorsed same-sex marriage ahead of President Obama. As the boss now, Biden has continued that support: bringing Pride Month celebrations back to the White House and creating an administration with… Read more »

Afghan soldiers are using boys as sex slaves, and the U.S. is looking the other way

Kabul – Last summer, an Afghan police commander invited me to his post for tea — and to view his “beautiful” boy sex slave. I stumbled through a farm of chest-high opium poppy stocks to reach his mud-and-wattle outpost on the outskirts of Tarin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province that is teetering in… Read more »

What It’s Like Growing Up Gay in Afghanistan

Whether Omar Mateen was gay or had any kind of sexual feelings for other men, same-sex attraction in Afghanistan, where his family was from, is shrouded in its own mystery. We were sitting on the cliffs as darkness fell, obscuring our view of the niches across from us where the giant Buddhas had for centuries… Read more »

Gay Afghan defies tradition to expose identity

Hamid Zaher is a young Afghan pharmacist, now living in Toronto in Canada. He has defied Afghan tradition by writing a searingly honest memoir about what it was like to be a gay man in Afghanistan. The book has never been published in his home country, where homosexuality is a criminal offence punishable by death.… Read more »