Staff and students at the University of Birmingham have warned that LGBT rights are not adequately protected at its new campus in Dubai where being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution. They have called on the university to make clear what safeguards staff and students have in the Gulf emirate given that same-sex behaviour, identifying as transgender, and LGBT advocacy are illegal on the campus, which is classified as a public space subject to Dubai laws. All public displays of affection, pregnancy outside marriage or within same-sex marriages, which are not recognised by the Gulf emirate, would also violate Dubai law, according to the university’s Rainbow Network, which represents LGBT staff. Even wearing an LGBT lanyard could be considered an act of advocacy and therefore illegal, it added.
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