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

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 its founders.

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 ...

Egypt's 'Morality Police' get on Grindr

Jo Schietti

Egypt's 'Morality Police' get on Grindr

In-depth: The proposed bill is expected to be discussed in parliament amid fear and paranoia in Egypt's LGBT community.

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Turkey bans German gay film festival

Turkey has banned a festival of German language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara on Thursday over fears it could be a target for terrorists.

Matt Broomfield

Queer refugees on Lesvos are crying out for help

In-depth: The New Arab has spoken with LGBTQI+ refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos to learn of their experience in the Moria refugee camp.

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The Egypt Report: Unholy war for Egypt's holy land

Our new weekly round-up of news from Egypt

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LGBT crackdown: Egypt moves to make homosexuality 'major offence'

An Egyptian lawmaker has submitted a draft law that would see homosexuals and their "supporters" sentenced to lengthy jail terms, amid a ...

UN condemns <em>LGBT</em> crackdowns in Egypt, Azerbaijan and Indonesia

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UN condemns LGBT crackdowns in Egypt, Azerbaijan and Indonesia

The UN's human rights office calls on governments to end LGBT crackdowns and release individuals detained for consensual same-sex ...

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Rights group slams Egypt’s media blackout on homosexuals

An international rights group has slammed an Egyptian media regulatory body’s order prohibiting homosexuals or their slogans from appearing on ...

Mashrou' Leila denounce Egypt anti-gay crackdown following concert

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Mashrou' Leila denounce Egypt anti-gay crackdown following concert

Lebanon's popular alternative rock band denounces crackdown by Egyptian authorities against homosexuals after a rainbow flag was raised at one ...

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Bård Kårtveit

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Comment: As the Coptic Orthodox Church pushes Sisi's homophobic policies, young Copts in Egypt are orienting themselves towards Europe and North ...

Egypt puts 17 men on trial for homosexuality

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Egypt puts 17 men on trial for homosexuality

Egypt put seventeen men suspected of being homosexuals on trial on Sunday, for alleged "debauchery" and "incitement to debauchery", judicial ...

Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

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Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch urged Egypt to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of ...

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Egypt's Coptic church organises conference to 'treat' homosexuality

Egypt's Coptic church has organised a "Volcano of Homosexuality" conference in which a "healing specialist" will teach a workshop on how to achieve a "speedy recovery" from homosexuality.

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Egypt parliamentarian calls for toughening laws targeting homosexuals

An Egyptian lawmaker has called on parliament to make legislation targeting homosexuals more severe, after several concertgoers were arrested ...

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Egypt court sentences concert-goer to prison over LGBT flag

An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced a student to six years in prison for "practicing debauchery" for raising the rainbow flag of the ...

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Egypt detains Mashrou’ Leila concertgoers for raising LGBT flag

Egyptian authorities detained seven people on Monday for raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a Cairo concert by Lebanese ...

Tunisia to ban 'forced anal exams' for homosexuality

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Tunisia to ban 'forced anal exams' for homosexuality

Tunisia, where sodomy is punishable by jail, has committed to banning forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation, the North ...

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Kuwaiti police arrest, abuse 'feminine' Instagram star

An Instagram celebrity, who receives an array of comments for his controversial posts, claims he was arrested and abused in Kuwait for being too ...

Gay-bashing in Jordan - by the government

MJ Movahedi

Gay-bashing in Jordan - by the government

Comment: Jordanian authorities have used the case of queer-inclusive social affairs magazine My.Kali to target Jordan's LGBT community, ...

Two 'cross dressing' Singaporeans to be deported from UAE

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Two 'cross dressing' Singaporeans to be deported from UAE

Two Singaporeans arrested for wearing women's clothes in an Abu Dhabi mall have had their prison sentences quashed and instead will be heavily ...

A clothing company's attempt to 'rebrand' swastika unsurprisingly backfires

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A clothing company's attempt to 'rebrand' swastika unsurprisingly backfires

Europe-based KA design has come under fire for trying to "rebrand" the swastika as an LGBT symbol meaning peace and love.

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