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

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

Tunisia Muslim women still unable to marry non-Muslims

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Tunisia Muslim women still unable to marry non-Muslims

Activists in Tunisia are urging local notaries to act in accordance with the law following reports that Muslim women are still unable to marry their non-Muslim partners.

Activists hail Lebanon ruling that could protect gay rights

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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 - ...

Gay 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.

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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.

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 ...

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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 front of ...

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to atheists

Khaled Diab

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to atheists

Comment: Atheists in Egypt have been enjoying greater public acceptance, but their increased visibility has also resulted in shrill panic ...

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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 ...

'Anti-Semitic pastors' lead prayers at US Jerusalem embassy opening

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'Anti-Semitic pastors' lead prayers at US Jerusalem embassy opening

Two American pastors with a history of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and anti-gay remarks were invited by the Trump administration to lead prayers ...

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 and social ...

Egypt atheist YouTuber faces possible jail time for videos

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Egypt atheist YouTuber faces possible jail time for videos

An Egyptian atheism advocate could face up to five years in prison for "insulting Islam" after lawyers filed a lawsuit against him over his ...

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 ...

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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 the country.

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 ...

The New Arab

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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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'.

Report: Human rights languish in India

Rouf Dar

Report: Human rights languish in India

Analysis: Modi has drummed up nationalist fervour to divert attention from deteriorating human rights in the country, according to a new Human ...

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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'.

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

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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 ...

Gay community in Indonesia targeted by pre-marital sex ban

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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.

Indonesian police arrest transgender beauticians, citing Islamic law

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Indonesian police arrest transgender beauticians, citing Islamic law

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

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