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Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Brazil transgender women accosted, detained in Dubai for ‘imitating women’

Thursday, January 23, 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Two transgender women from Brazil were detained and their passports confiscated while on vacation in Dubai, and have been charged with the crime of ‘imitating’ women. [ Read more → ]
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More than one thousand rally in Tel Aviv to protest recent anti-LGBT violence

Friday, January 17, 2014
TEL AVIV -- More than a thousand people marched in the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday to protest against transphobia and anti-LGBT violence in Israel. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.

Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

Sunday, January 12, 2014
TEL-Aviv, Israel -- A group of gay and straight friends were violently attacked in Tel Aviv on Saturday by mob of 11 people hurling anti-gay slurs, just one week following a similar attack on a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]
Oded Balilty, APAn Israeli man reads the text from a new monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The landmark joins similar memorials in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust.

Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

Friday, January 10, 2014
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel's cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust. [ Read more → ]
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Israel border officers in home custody after brutal attack on transgender woman

Sunday, January 5, 2014
TEL AVIV, Israel -- A group of 11 men have been remanded to home custody after allegedly attacking a transgender woman Saturday morning in Tel Aviv, reported the Daily Ha’aretz. [ Read more → ]
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.

Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

Sunday, December 15, 2013
TEL AVIV -- A new monument to pay tribute to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation has been unveiled in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]
Yossi Weiss, Israel Electric Corporation, HOPDThis image released by the Israel Electric Corporation shows Sheka and Teka and a baby puppet used in its latest public service campaign. Sheka and Teka, or “socket” and “plug,” have starred in the company’s ads for more than a decade.

Pair of male, TV ad puppets electrify Israeli gay rights debate

Saturday, October 12, 2013
JERUSALEM -- The goal was merely to promote clean energy in Israel - but television ads starring a pair of male puppets called "plug" and "socket" have instead unleashed a debate about gay pride. [ Read more → ]
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Yemen: Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shoot, kill man believed to be gay

Thursday, August 29, 2013
ADEN, Yemen -- Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen on Thursday shot a Yemeni man because they believed he was gay, a security official told European news agency AFP. [ Read more → ]
via: HaaretzIdan Frumin (right) was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after his spouse Elad Ben Yosef got a job in the U.S.

U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv issues first visas to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TEL AVIV, Israel -- The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued the first derivative visas to same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
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Man accused to be gay murdered by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ADEN, Yemen -- Two militants from an Al-Qaeda linked group on Monday killed a man in the provincial capital of Huj who they accused of being gay, a police source said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment

Friday, July 12, 2013
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) said Thursday in a statement published by the Ministry of Information. [ Read more → ]
Israeli police officers and rescue workers at the site of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Aug. 1, 2009.

Prosecutor: Shooter in attack on Tel Aviv youth center motivated by anti-gay bias

Monday, July 8, 2013
TEL AVIV -- Israel’s state prosecution said Monday that the suspect in the 2009 deadly attack on a gay youth center in Tel Aviv has confessed that the shooting was motivated by anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]
Mourners at a 2009 vigil in Tel Aviv in the aftermath of the shootings.

Israeli police say 2009 killings at gay youth center were not a hate crime

Friday, June 7, 2013
JERUSALEM — Israeli police say the killing of two people at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv four years ago is no longer being treated as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Ariel Schalit, AP (File)Israeli police officers and rescue workers  at the site of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Aug. 1, 2009.

Israeli police arrest three suspects in 2009 shooting at gay youth center

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
TEL AVIV -- Israeli police have arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting at Tel-Aviv’s gay youth center that took place in 2009. The three suspects were arrested Wednesday and will appear in court Thursday for a remand hearing. [ Read more → ]
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Iranian news agency accuses Israel, U.S., U.K. of ‘spreading homosexuality’ globally

Sunday, September 9, 2012
QOM, Iran — The Mashregh News, a state-controlled Iranian media outlet, has published a report asserting that the “Zionist regime” of Israel, along with Jews in the U.S. and the United Kingdom were financing efforts to “spread homosexuality” across the globe. [ Read more → ]
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Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
JERUSALEM -- In an interview broadcasted yesterday in the parliamentary Knesset Channel, Member of Knesset Uri Ariel from the right-wing National Union party said that he is against the Israeli army’s policy of enlisting LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender man in Kuwait arrested for ‘imitating opposite sex’

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A transgender man has been arrested as Kuwait continues a campaign against “immorality” which includes LGBT people among its targets. [ Read more → ]
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Israel Defense Forces’ Facebook entry marks LGBT pride month

Monday, June 11, 2012
The Israeli army on Monday, making note of LGBT Pride Month around the world, posted this image to its official Facebook page depicting two soldiers holding hands while walking through a street in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]
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Kuwait: Mass arrest of people accused of ‘vice’ and ‘immorality’

Thursday, May 24, 2012
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- Kuwaiti media organizations report that almost 150 people were arrested over the weekend for “immoral” behavior, including four gay men and two transgender women. [ Read more → ]
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Israeli parliament rejects same-sex, inter-faith civil marriage bill

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
JERUSALEM -- Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset. [ Read more → ]
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Four Iranian men sentenced to death by hanging for sodomy

Saturday, May 12, 2012
An Iranian court has sentenced four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy. [ Read more → ]
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Iran executes ‘gangster’ for allegedly engaging in ‘unlawful’ same-sex activity

Sunday, April 29, 2012
MARVDASHT, Iran -- A young man described as a "gangster," who is known only by the initials CHM, was hanged publicly in Marvdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in "sodomy" with another man. [ Read more → ]
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Iranian cleric: Homosexuals are inferior to dogs and pigs

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
QOM, Iran -- Homosexuals are inferior to dogs and pigs, according to Iranian cleric Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, a conservative Iranian politician and Islamic scholar based in Iran's holy city of Qom. [ Read more → ]
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Islamic militia groups target dozens of gays, emo youth in Iraq killings

Sunday, March 11, 2012
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Extreme Islamic militia groups operating in Baghdad, Basra, Al-Sadr City and in the Al-Habibea region of Iraq have killed as many as 56, and possibly as high as one hundred, young gay and lesbian Iraqis, according to officials in the Iraqi Interior Ministry and international LGBT activists. [ Read more → ]
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