Saudi Arabia

LGBTI Rights in Saudi Arabia


ADDED ON: 08/05/2022

Saudi sisters found dead in Sydney told acquaintance queer women ‘live in fear’ in their homeland

Two Saudi sisters found dead in their beds in Sydney attended a girls-only queer event in January where they told acquaintances gay women “live in fear” in Saudi Arabia. The Guardian understands New South Wales…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2022

An Arabic anti-LGBTQ+ campaign is going viral on Twitter

In late June, an account launched on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Telegram called Fetrah — the Arabic word for “human instinct.” Soon after, the account posted a Twitter thread in Arabic calling…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2022

Saudi police arrest TikToker for alleged lesbian subtext

Tala Safwan has five million followers on TikTok and 800,000 on YouTube. She lives in Saudi Arabia. Her content is similar to other young social media influencers around the world. Pranks, challenges,…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Saudi Arabia arrests Egyptian social media star Tala Safwan for ‘immorality’

An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube – allegedly appeared in a recent…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

LGBTQ communities facing new repression in Middle East

Most of the people around him don’t know he identifies as queer, the 20-year-old Iraqi student told DW. But life in his comparatively conservative southern city of Najaf is dangerous for him anyway. “Once…

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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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