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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Inside Tunisia’s Shams Rad – The Arab world’s ‘Only Gay Radio Station’

06/18/2018 | 

Homosexuality is both illegal and widely considered to be unacceptable in Tunisia. But since the 2011 revolution, activists have seen that standing up for their beliefs can result in change. Now LGBT people are gaining confidence and are coming out of the shadows to push for equal rights. “I was the first person to annoy people in the media and speak openly about LGBT issues in Tunisia on air,” says Bouhdid Belhedi, director of Shams Rad. Mr Belhedi says that six months after the station was set up, it has 10,000 listeners each week across 15 countries, and is streamed online and live via YouTube six days a week. The station plays music and issues are discussed in depth but LGBT contributors don’t identify themselves as sexually active on air.

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