Egypt

LGBTI Rights in Egypt


ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

This Egyptian LGBT couple received threats post-engagement in Canada

For two Egyptian women, being in a relationship without risking their lives meant traveling all the way to Canada. Soon after they arrived there, Miral Mokhtar and Nouran El Gendy decided to…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Egypt’s LGBT+ Face Horrific Discrimination in Housing, Says UN Rapporteur

Gay Egyptians face "horrific" discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a U.N. special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Egyptian Director Supports Arab LGBTI Community in Upcoming Film

Egypt's crackdown on the LGBTQI+ community has intensified in recent years, with authorities arresting several individuals based on their sexual orientation. But, one Egyptian film director is challenging the homophobia by standing in solidarity with the…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

Egyptian Filmmaker Aims to Show LGBT+ People are ‘Not Alone’

The director of a new Egyptian movie about a secretly gay man preparing to marry a woman has said he wanted to let LGBT+ people in the Middle East know they are…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

One Year on from Rainbow Flag Arrests, Egypt Continues LGBT Crackdown

On 22 September 2017, the rainbow flag was waved at a music concert in Cairo. A brutal crackdown on LGBT+ people followed quickly – clearly designed to intimidate and to erase the…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2018

Egyptian Actor Pushes for LGBT Rights

Amid Egypt’s continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT rights. An award-winning actor, stage director and film producer, Naga was named…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

World Cup: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Accepts Honorary Chechnya Citizenship from ‘Purge the Gays’ Leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Footballer Mohamed Salah is facing anger after he accepted a gift of honorary Chechen citizenship from anti-gay leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Gay people in the region allegedly faced arrest, torture, and execution –…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

After Crackdown, Egypt’s LGBT Community Contemplates ‘Dark Future’

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as “the best moment” of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

World Cup Star Mohamed Salah Sparks Outrage by Meeting ‘gay purge’ Leader Ramzan Kadyrov

Footballing superstar Mohamed Salah has received a backlash after agreeing to meet the leader responsible for Chechnya’s ‘gay purge.’ The Egypt and Liverpool forward, one of the most famous faces in football,…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown

Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the "best five minutes of his life." Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Egypt: Designing for the Crackdown

A few blocks into the ride, Firas saw the checkpoint, a rare occurrence in a quiet, residential area like Mesaha. When the car stopped, the officer working the checkpoint talked to Firas’…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Belly Dancer Dons Beard to Protest LGBTI Abuse in Egypt

On a chilly March night, Shrouk El-Attar is preparing for a belly dancing show at a London club by pulling on a shimmering blue skirt, fixing a sparkly bra - and sticking…

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