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Success to Savor but More Challenges for LGBT Rights in Lebanon
When a Lebanon court of appeal upheld a ruling in July that adult, consensual same-sex conduct is not an “unnatural offense,” a wave of excitement rippled through Lebanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
August 29, 2018
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'She insulted my manhood': murder underlines Turkey's LGBT backlash
In a country where anti-gay violence is often excused as unjust provocation, a fatal shooting has raised fresh fears
August 17, 2018
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In Baghdad, a daring poster campaign to defend LGBT rights
Follow international news through our Observers' amateur images and eyewitness testimony. All the content is verified and explained by our journalists.
July 03, 2018
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Istanbul LGBT pride march will go ahead despite ban: organizers
Istanbul's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride march will go ahead on Sunday even though the governorship of the Turkish city banned it citing security concerns, the organizers of the event said on Friday.
June 30, 2018
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After Crackdown, Egypt's LGBT Community Contemplates 'Dark Future'
Homosexuality isn't illegal in Egypt but human rights groups say other laws have been used to target LGBT Egyptians. "Prison killed me. It destroyed me," says an Egyptian woman jailed after a concert.
June 19, 2018
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Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown
It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing.
May 28, 2018
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Lebanon's gay pride week brought to halt after crackdown
Lebanon's beleaguered gay pride week was cancelled a couple of days into the celebrations after its organizer was briefly detained, he and his lawyer said Tuesday. Lebanon became the first Arab country to celebrate gay pride last year. In the conservative region, homosexuality is illegal in most countries and punishable under a number of vaguely worded laws that often cite debauchery or public dec...
May 16, 2018
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These Arab comics redefine love within the LGBT community
"In the end, love is the feeling that wins"
May 11, 2018
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Gay rights come to the fore as Lebanon prepares to vote
For the first time in Lebanese history, electoral candidates are promoting gay rights, marking the most high-level endorsement of equal protection in the Arab world.
May 06, 2018
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‘No Longer Alone’: LGBT Voices from the Middle East, North Africa
LGBT activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) said in a video series issued today.
April 16, 2018
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VIDEO: LGBT writer talks alienation in the Mideast
Homosexuality is still criminalized in relatively liberal Beirut, Lebanon, just like around the rest of the Arab world. Watch "Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World" Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET.
March 29, 2018
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Pakistan gets its first transgender news anchor
A 21-year-old journalist is making headlines in Pakistan by becoming the country's first transgender news anchor.
March 27, 2018
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The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out
The artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, is queer, Muslim and proud.
February 20, 2018
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Lebanon's Phoenicia Hotel celebrates Valentine's Day with LGBT-friendly ad
"We tried to define and defend love, all kinds of love, that's all."
February 12, 2018
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Tunisia holds its first ever LGBT film festival, Focus on Africa
Tunisia holds its first ever LGBT film festival
January 18, 2018
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Chechnya's LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile
The Netherlands is one of a handful of European countries giving refuge to gay Chechens, after reports emerged that Chechnya's authorities were rounding up and torturing the LGBT community.
January 08, 2018
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2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt's LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.
Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.
December 29, 2017
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LGBT radio goes online in Tunisia despite threats
An online radio station catering for the LGBT community, believed to be the first of its kind in the Arab world, started broadcasting in Tunisia on Monday.
December 19, 2017
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The Activist Leading Lebanon’s LGBT Rebellion
This gay lawyer turned activist says success in the Arab world rests on not following the West’s playbook.
December 11, 2017
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Pray the Gay Away by the Zakar Twins
"Mom knows." A simple text that would change two twin brothers' lives forever. Coming out is hard. The struggle is ongoing, a daily part of life whether to a new friend, a co-worker, or most importantly yourself. Pray the Gay Away chronicles Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe - Mom, a woman who not only ga...
December 06, 2017
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'It's just the start': LGBT community in Turkey fears government crackdown
Respondents to a Guardian callout say they are not surprised by a ban on gay cultural events but fearful of what may follow
November 24, 2017
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US embassy in Yerevan reaffirms its commitment to support rights of LGBT Armenians
Great seeing continuous public support for LGBT rights by the US embassy in Yerevan and personally by US ambassador to Armenia Richar
November 23, 2017
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What's it like being LGBT in Turkey? Share your stories
LGBTI events have been banned in Turkey. If you’re in the country, we’d like you to share your reaction and experiences
November 21, 2017
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Turkey bans LGBT activism in capital city Ankara, citing 'public security' and 'sensitivities'
A statement from the office seemed to suggest the ban was for LGBT citizens’ own good, as the government claimed gay rights events could evoke dangerous cultural clashes.
November 20, 2017
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