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November 26, 2014

Killings are the militant group's first executions for alleged homosexuality

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) yesterday (25 November) stoned to death two allegedly gay men in Syria.

This is the first report of ISIS executing people for homosexuality.

'The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The 20-year-old was killed in Mayadeen city in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq after ISIS allegedly found videos on his mobile phone showing him 'practising indecent acts with males.'

December 25, 2013

Volunteers in Lebanon are helping LGBTI Syrians who have fled war and possibly being murdered because of their sexuality

Gay Syrians, who have fled to Lebanon to escape fighting, torture and possible execution, urgently need help to survive.

New organization Proud Lebanon is trying to meet the demand – but with thousands of Syrian refugees still escaping the war, is not able to reach everyone.

Those it can help are given support in accessing vital services, therapy to deal with the trauma they have faced and tutoring to get a job and build a better future.

January 23, 2013

Khalid, frontman of My Kali, an LGBT magazine in Jordan, discusses the controversy he caused when he posed for a scantily-clad photo in front of a mosque

More than a year ago I had my photo taken wearing just a jacket and a Speedo on Rainbow Street in Amman, Jordan.

The photo was for MyKali, the digital magazine I front for LGBT people in Jordan. The theme of that edition was ‘summer stories’ and the shoot was titled ‘A very quirky summer’.

March 12, 2012

San Francisco activists will carry out a vigil in solidarity with Iraqi emo, LGBT and goth youth this Wednesday as massacres continue in Iraq

The US Embassy in Baghdad has sent a message of support to San Franciscan activists holding a vigil for Iraqi emo, goth and LGBT people who are currently being murdered.

March 11, 2012

All Out, Gay Middle East, an Iraqi blogger and Gay Star News working together to save lives after wave of killings

International digital LGBT activists All Out have started a petition to halt the emo, gay and trans killings in Iraq.

December 14, 2011

Turkish Cypriot leaders bow to European pressure and will repeal anti-gay law without delay

Turkish Cypriot leaders in Northern Cyprus have bowed under pressure from MEPs and agreed to decriminalise homosexuality.

Dervis Eroglu, president of the Turkish Cypriot government in the northern part of the island, said he would sign a repeal of the ban ‘without delay’.

Northern Cyprus is the last part of Europe where it is gay ‘activity’ is illegal.

In October a number of men were arrested for 'homosexual offences' in North Cyprus, leading to an international outcry about the law.