Iraqi Man Tortured and Killed for Being ‘Too Beautiful’

Iraqi Man Tortured and Killed for Being ‘Too Beautiful’

  The Middle East has been cursed by nonacceptance and intolerance for anything other than mundane and expected. If you dress, act, talk or express your desires differently, then it is definitely bad news for you.   Another hate crime took place in Iraq that ended with the death of Karar Noshi, a Baghdad University graduate, […]

Did Anonymous Just Force Daesh to Come out of the Closet?

Did Anonymous Just Force Daesh to Come out of the Closet?

  Our hearts still mourn for the lost lives of the innocent people that were stolen at Pulse Night Club in Orlando Florida on June 12, 2016. The act of terror, homophobia, and hate was allegedly done in allegiance to Daesh and the extremist group had disgustingly praised the attack. As for the rest of us who […]

An Open Letter from Arab Allies to the Orlando Shooting

An Open Letter from Arab Allies to the Orlando Shooting

“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”- Prophet Mohammed Lack of gun control not Islam. Lack of gun control not Middle Easterners is to blame for the tragedy that claimed the lives of 50 people in Orlando. Bigotry and homophobia are not exclusively stemmed from Islam, […]

Arab Miss Trans Israel Needs to Sit Down!

Arab Miss Trans Israel Needs to Sit Down!

מיס טראנס ישראל 2016 Me 😘 A photo posted by Talleen (@talleen_abu_hanna) on May 28, 2016 at 12:27pm PDT   There has never been a case of a Palestinian magically transcending the living legacy of this history to find him or herself granted asylum in Israel. – Gaith Hilal     In attempt to normalize […]

Saudi Man Arrested for Flying “Pretty” Rainbow Flag

Saudi Man Arrested for Flying “Pretty” Rainbow Flag

  A man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested for flying the rainbow flag at his home. The doctor who lives in Jeddah apparently didn’t know the flag symbolizes LGBT pride, saying he bought it online when one of his kids told him the flag was “pretty.” Homosexuality is illegal under Sharia law in Saudi Arabia […]

Hamed Sinno Applauds Rainbow Flag At Cairo Concert

Hamed Sinno Applauds Rainbow Flag At Cairo Concert

After Mashrou3 Leila’s concert at AUC last night, (openly gay) lead singer of the Lebanese indie band, Hamed Sinno, took to social media to give a shout out to one of the fans at the show who came with a rainbow flag and raised it during their set. He stressed on how proud he was […]

An Open Letter to Young Gay Men in Egypt

An Open Letter to Young Gay Men in Egypt

By Ahmed A.R.

  Here’s to a community that is continuously discriminated against. A community that is harassed, arrested, discredited and side-lined.   Hello Boys, I am not a man of influence or vast knowledge, but I’d like to think that my past five years of living in Egypt as an out gay man and mediocre LGBT activist […]

LISTEN: Mashrou’ Leila’s New Album Is Worth the Two-Year Wait

LISTEN: Mashrou’ Leila’s New Album Is Worth the Two-Year Wait

By Rym Jalil

Forget about Adele, it’s Mashrou’ Leila o’clock! Mashrou’ Leila never fails to astonish us with their provocative lyrics, tackling sexual, political and social taboos. Last Saturday night’s concert by Mashrou’ Leila in London was stunning, they played and sang their newest album Ibn El Leil after making their fans linger for two years. The Lebanese Indie […]

10 Common Misconceptions in Egypt about Homosexuality

10 Common Misconceptions in Egypt about Homosexuality

In response to Egypt’s recent sentencing of four men to 3-8 years in prison for ‘homosexual acts’ (categorized as “debauchery” under Egyptian law), we talked to various members of Cairo’s LGBT community to find out common misconceptions that Egyptians have about gay people. Our question, “Which misconceptions about gay people in Egyptian society piss you […]

10 Hottest Openly Gay Men You Wish Were Straight

10 Hottest Openly Gay Men You Wish Were Straight

From decorated movie actors to professional athletes, these 10 men are talented, sexy and…sadly for the ladies, fruitier than a box of fruit loops:   1. Wentworth Miller, American actor known for his role in Prison Break   2. Matt Bomer, American actor known for his role in TV series White Collar   3. Robbie […]