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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.

Ban Boris, not the burqa

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.

When defending 'religious liberty' means courting Christian nationalists

Marcus Montgomery

When defending 'religious liberty' means courting Christian nationalists

Comment: Jeff Sessions' 'Religious Liberty Task Force' has nothing to do with guaranteeing the rights of all religious groups, writes ...

Turkey rejects Eurovision, says it's 'unsuitable for kids'

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Turkey rejects Eurovision, says it's 'unsuitable for kids'

Turkey will continue its boycott of the Eurovision song contests, citing conservative factors in the decision.

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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.

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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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Syrian groups uncovering IS mass graves need help: HRW

Syrian groups uncovering Raqqa's mass graves need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed light on the horrors perpetrated ...

Robert Springborg

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

Comment: Sisi's attempt to co-opt Mo Salah and the Egyptian team has had disastrous consequences for everyone, writes Robert Springborg.

<em>Gay</em> groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

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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.

Andrew Leber

Justice Kennedy's departure just raised the stakes even higher

Comment: Kennedy's departure renders many advances won through the courts vulnerable to reversal, writes Andrew Leber.

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.

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

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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 ...

Promoting Islamophobia in America

Arnold Isaacs

Promoting Islamophobia in America

Comment: In today's America, disparaging Islam is acceptable in ways that disparaging other religions is not, writes Arnold Isaacs.

Sam Hamad

Russia's world cup has Syrian blood on its hands

Comment: Russia's World Cup adds to its global panoply of PR, designed to normalise all its actions, including the Syrian genocide, writes Sam Hamad.

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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 ...

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 ...

CJ Werleman

Israel will not make it to 100

Comment: Israel has historically enjoyed the bipartisan support of the US, but sympathies are changing and the era of unconditional political ...

No longer alone: Why LGBT 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 ...

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, ...

British expats 'tortured and abused in UAE prisons'

The New Arab

British expats 'tortured and abused in UAE prisons'

Investigative report sheds new light on previously unknown cases involving the alleged torture, sexual abuse and even deaths of British citizens ...

Tunisia's LGBT 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 situations flee ...

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