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Report: Islamic State militants stone two gay men to death in Syria

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria on Tuesday after claiming they were gay, the jihadist organization's first known executions for alleged homosexuality. [...]

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Court in Saudi Arabia sentences gay man to 3 years in jail for ‘immoral acts’

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saudi-Arabia
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A court in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a gay man to three years in prison for engaging in “immoral acts” after authorities found "offensive" pictures on his phone and social media posts where he sought to meet other men for sex. [...]

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8 men convicted, sentenced to 3 years in jail for alleged gay wedding in Egypt

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Eight Egyptian men are convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays.
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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