Saudi Arabia

LGBTI Rights in Saudi Arabia


ADDED ON: 04/26/2022

Disney is refusing to cut LGBTQ scene in Doctor Strange 2, Saudi Arabia says.

Saudi Arabia has asked Disney to cut “LGBTQ references” from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before it can be screened in the kingdom, an official said on Monday – but…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2022

Saudi activist speaks on LGBTQ status in Kuwait

Days after Kuwait’s constitutional court struck down a law that criminalizes “imitation of the opposite sex” - considered a breakthrough for the regional transgender community - journalist and international rights activist Wajeeh…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2021

SAUDI ARABIA’S TOP RELIGIOUS BODY SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS ‘ONE OF THE MOST HEINOUS CRIMES’

Saudi Arabia’s top religious body has declared homosexuality to be ‘one of the most heinous crimes’. According to a statement by the official Saudi Press Agency, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said that…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2021

Treatment of LGBTQ people across Middle East examined in new report

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) published a report on Tuesday covering the criminalization of consensual same-sex relations, stating that the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kingdom of…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2021

Lewis Hamilton condemns ‘terrifying’ LGBTQ+ laws before Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton has said he is not comfortable competing in Saudi Arabia given its repressive laws regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking before this weekend’s grand prix in Jeddah, Hamilton described the laws…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2021

Banned and blocked: LGBT+ websites censored from Russia to Indonesia

When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist Mikhail Tumasov took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities were quick to catch up.…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Convicted for Supporting LGBT Rights

A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today.…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

Saudi authorities beat blogger, demand he ‘confess’ being gay because he supports LGBT+ rights

Human rights campaigners have called on Saudi Arabia to release blogger Mohamad al-Bokari, who was detained after stating his support for LGBT+ rights. According to Human Rights Watch, al-Bokari was arrested on…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2020

Disney’s ‘Onward’ Banned In Middle East Over Lesbian Character

Multiple Middle Eastern markets have banned the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Onward” for featuring an explicitly lesbian character. “Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the film due to the reference,”…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2019

Gay Saudi journalists both freed from Australian detention after ‘powerful’ LGBT community rallied round them

The two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia have both finally been freed after one was forced to remain alone in a detention centre due to a ‘clerical error’ by…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2019

Senate calls on government to expedite asylum claim of two gay Saudi journalists in ‘arbitrary’ detention

The Senate has passed a motion calling on the government to recognise the increased risk it has placed on two gay Saudi journalists by keeping them in detention after they claimed asylum…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

LGBT advocates call for Australia to release Saudi gay journalist couple

Two gay Saudi journalists, who claim they were outed in retaliation for contacts one of them had with a foreign media outlet, have been detained in Australia after requesting asylum. LGBT advocates…

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