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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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Israel border officers in home custody after brutal attack on transgender woman

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Tel Aviv
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.

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Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment

Friday, July 12, 2013
Lebanon
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.

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Middle East Gay Pride and LGBT safety exist only in Israel

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Sexual minorities are as unwelcome in the Middle East as are religious minorities. Just as the Muslim-majority countries of the Middle East are generally hostile to Christians, Jews, Bahá’ís, Zoroastrians, and other religious minorities, they are even less welcoming of non-heterosexuals. Except in Israel. And yet it is Israel — absurdly enough — that is consistently singled out for excoriation by human rights groups, college campus activists, and other ostensibly well-meaning individuals.

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William Murray: Homosexual elitist diplomats are to blame for Middle East turmoil

Thursday, September 20, 2012
William Murray
William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition not only told the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios that Islam is not a religion, but also that the U.S. fails to understand Muslims because our diplomats are homosexual elitists.

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Israel should be applauded for being a safe place for LGBTs in the Middle East

Sunday, March 18, 2012
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There is little if any support within the Palestinian authority for any LGBT issues. Hate crimes against gay people happen regularly and, in fact, many LGBT Palestinians move to Israel for safety. ... Israel should indeed be applauded for being the one place in the Middle East that is a relative safe haven for LGBT people. Our community’s first priority is for the safety of our members.

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