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Comment: Morocco's combination of established public morality and religious values means that gay rights are unlikely to improve in the near future, writes Moha Ennaji.

Of Iran's 80 million people, estimates suggest under 50,000 are transgender, meaning their gender identity does not match the sex or gender they were identified as having at birth.

Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

Florence Massena

Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

In-depth: Lebanon's gay pride may have been cancelled, but activists vow to continue their fight to have their rights heard in front of political and social stages, writes Florence Massena.

Lebanon's gay pride organiser detained, week's events cancelled

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Lebanon's gay pride organiser detained, week's events cancelled

The Arab country's only Pride week was shut down just days after it began following organiser Hadi Damien's detention at the hands of ...

Is Sadr poised to lift Iraq out of sectarianism?

Sam Hamad

Is Sadr poised to lift Iraq out of sectarianism?

Comment: The Sairoun bloc's victory is proof that a significant popular base exists that is ready to accept radical change, regardless of who ...

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

US Jerusalem embassy vs. Nakba

Comment: The international community faces a critical decision: Continue courting right-wing extremism and bigotry in Trump and Netanyahu's company, or take action to support human rights, writes Tamara Kharroub.

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's quiet class struggle against austerity measures

In-depth: Three months after January's unrest, Tunisians cope with the government’s neoliberal policies and IMF’s austerity agenda that are ...

Sheeffah Shiraz

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Report: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia rocks taboo on LGBTQ+ rights

Post-revolutionary Tunisia continues to push the debate about gay rights into the public sphere, braving a repressive law, gender-based ...

Gunmen in Pakistan kill trans woman, friend

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Gunmen in Pakistan kill trans woman, friend

Gunmen riding on a motorcycle have shot and killed a transgender woman and her friend in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police say.

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Lebanese 'safe space' salon opens doors to LGBT community

Kim Mouawad, the owner of Out Beauty Boutique, said she launched the salon to ease the lives of those facing discrimination and judgement across ...

Tunisia's <em>LGBT</em> community demand change

Alessandra Bajec

Tunisia's LGBT community demand change

In-depth: Tunisia's LGBTQI community are taking bold steps to demand equality and recognition and hope to drag the conservative government with ...

UN 'Woman of the Year': Egyptian, queer, bellydancing activist

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UN 'Woman of the Year': Egyptian, queer, bellydancing activist

Shrouk El-Attar is a 25-year-old who was granted asylum in Britain because of her LGBT status who has helped hundreds in similar ...

Tunisia bans oscar-nominated 'gay' film

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Tunisia bans oscar-nominated 'gay' film

'Call Me By Your Name' distributors announce that Tunisian authorities have banned the oscar nominated film in an 'attack on liberties'.

Malaysia newspaper publishes 'how to spot gays' list

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Malaysia newspaper publishes 'how to spot gays' list

A leading Malaysian paper has come under fire after it published a checklist describing 'how to spot a gay person'.

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This Lebanese hotel is representing LGBTQ+ in Valentine's ad

Phoenicia Hotel Beirut's 'Define Love' advertisement campaign included two LGBTQ+ women exchanging glances and it was met largely with excitement by the Lebanese community.

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Gay community in Indonesia targeted by pre-marital sex ban

Indonesia seeks to push forward a draft law clamping down on sex outside marriage, stoking fears for Indonesia's LGBT community.

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Suffra-jets: Protests as Indonesian flight-attendants 'ordered' to don hijab

Authorities of Sharia-law governed Aceh province have demanded female flight attendants cover up while working in the ultra-conservative Muslim ...

The New Arab & agencies

Indonesian police arrest transgender beauticians, citing Islamic law

Discrimination against LGBT members is common across Indonesia, but particularly severe in the autonomous Aceh province.

Tunisia takes groundbreaking steps towards gender equality

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Tunisia takes groundbreaking steps towards gender equality

A new bill being drafted in Tunisia could see gender equality within marriage through a selection of new laws, including a long-awaited reform ...

The New Arab & agencies

Tunisia's first LGBT 'queer film festival' gets underway

The Mawjoudin film festival kicked off in Tunisia on Monday to show films exploring themes of 'sexuality, identity and gender affiliation'.

Egypt lawmaker moves to criminalise atheism amid moral panic

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Egypt lawmaker moves to criminalise atheism amid moral panic

An Egyptian lawmaker has announced plans to criminalise disbelief in God as voices grow louder in the country for punishing atheists.

Tunisian <em>LGBT</em> radio station launches amid threats of violence

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Tunisian LGBT radio station launches amid threats of violence

An LGBT radio station which is believed to be the first of its kind launched in Tunisia on Monday, despite thousands of threats against ...

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

Usman Butt

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

Book review: ‘The Future is History’ chronicles Russia's journey to authoritarianism from Soviet communism via the individual journeys of ...

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