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Egypt sentences six alleged gay men to two years in jail for ‘debauchery’

| Friday, September 26, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Six alleged gay men were sentenced in an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in jail with labor for "committing debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for engaging in homosexual activity.

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Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Cairo
CAIRO -- Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex "wedding" party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality. The men were detained earlier this month after the video, reportedly dating back to April, surfaced online.

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Egypt prosecutor orders seven men detained, examined for homosexuality

| Saturday, September 6, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for homosexual activity, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party, the state news agency reported.

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27 men arrested in Lebanon for alleged ‘unnatural sex’ and ‘public indecency’

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Human rights activists rally in Beirut in 2013  demanding greater rights and protections for the LGBT community in Lebanon.
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Police in Beirut have arrested 27 men for allegedly engaging in “gay sex” during a raid on a Beirut bathhouse on Saturday. According to Colonel Tony Haddad of Hbeish police station, the 27 unnamed men, including the owner and employees, have been in police custody since police raided Agha Hammam in the area of Hamra-Concord, Beirut.

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Israel OK’s gay Jews to immigrate with non-Jewish same-sex spouses

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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JERUSALEM -- Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. Israeli law grants citizenship to Jews and close non-Jewish relatives who move to Israel.

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Saudi man gets 3 years in prison, 450 lashes for meeting men via Twitter

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saudi-Arabia
MEDINA, Saudi Arabia – A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for trying to arrange a date with another man via Twitter. According to the daily Aarabic newspaper Al-Watan, the court found the unidentified man guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”

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More than 100,000 party in Israel at largest LGBT pride in the Middle East

| Friday, June 13, 2014
Israeli dancers perform during the annual Gay Pride Parade on a street of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 13, 2014.
JERUSALEM -- Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

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Israel to lower minimum age requirement for gender reassignment surgery

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it was lowering the the minimum age requirement to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18.

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Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Israel
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.

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Brazil transgender women accosted, detained in Dubai for ‘imitating women’

| Thursday, January 23, 2014
Karen Mke and Kamilla Satto
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.

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