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A Turkish watchdog has fined a local broadcaster thousands of dollars for showing a music video by pop star Pink which features 'erotic' dancing 'of a homosexual nature'.

Two Malaysian women were caned on Monday for having lesbian sex in violation of the country's strict Islamic laws.

Bashar Murad: Breaking traditions and resisting Israel with music

Diana Alghoul

Bashar Murad: Breaking traditions and resisting Israel with music

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer Bashar Murad who is using his voice to break stereotypes and advocate individuality.

Tunisian leader vows to enshrine inheritance equality in law

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Tunisian leader vows to enshrine inheritance equality in law

Tunisia's President vowed to submit a bill to parliament 'as soon as possible' to grant women equal inheritance rights, despite protests from ...

Thousands of conservative Muslims protest Tunisia gender equality report

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands of conservative Muslims protest Tunisia gender equality report

Conservative Muslims in Tunisia have continued demonstrations in the country's capital against gender equality and LGBT reforms.

Malia Bouattia

Ban Boris, not the burqa

Comment: Boris Johnson's use of racist tropes to increase his popularity is proving disturbingly successful, writes Malia Bouattia.

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Turkish woman sues cross-dressing husband over 'sexy underwear'

A Turkish wife claims her marriage became unbearable after her husband started wearing sexy underwear around the house

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Thousands protest Israeli law denying surrogacy for gay couples

Thousands of protesters gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to demonstrate against an Israeli law denying surrogacy rights for gay couples.

David Sheen

Israel to fund Jews-only booze cruises

Comment: The Israeli government's crusade against mixed couples is a bigoted and futile policy, writes David Sheen.

Activists hail Lebanon ruling that could protect gay rights

The New Arab & agencies

Activists hail Lebanon ruling that could protect gay rights

A controversial article in Lebanese penal code, sees sexual relations 'against nature' - viewed as targeting non-heterosexual relations - ...

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Gay groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

Around 1,000 people gathered near the city's famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade.

Trump's Supreme Court pick spreads insecurity, fear among Muslims

The New Arab

Trump's Supreme Court pick spreads insecurity, fear among Muslims

US progressives and liberals brace themselves as President Donald Trump prepares to appoint a second Supreme Court justice.

Egypt FA denies Mo Salah considering quitting team

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Egypt FA denies Mo Salah considering quitting team

Sources close to the Liverpool forward had claimed Mo Salah is unhappy over being used as a 'political' pawn in a meeting with Chechen leader ...

Tunisia commission proposes reforms strengthening women's and <em>LGBT</em> rights

The New Arab & agencies

Tunisia commission proposes reforms strengthening women's and LGBT rights

Among the proposals are equal inheritance for women and decriminalising homosexuality.

Love, violence and daily survival: Inside Morocco's LGBTIQ community

Moha Ennaji

Love, violence and daily survival: Inside Morocco's LGBTIQ community

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

The New Arab & agencies

Transgender people in Iran face discrimination despite fatwa

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.

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

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 ...

US Jerusalem embassy vs. Nakba

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 ...

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 ...

No longer alone: Why <em>LGBT</em> activists are speaking out No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

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 ...

Tunisia rocks taboo on LGBTQ+ rights

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

The New Arab & agencies

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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