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October 11, 2013

New reports reveal the much-feared 'gay tests' will be a gender test banning trans people, effeminate men and butch women

FIFA is being called on to cancel the World Cup 2022 in Qatar over fears the Gulf region will ban any person who fails a ‘gay/gender test.

Earlier this week, Kuwait’s director of public health Yousouf Mindkar said health centres will be taking stricter measures in order to detect members of the LGBT community.

October 7, 2013

Health 'tests' could mean LGBT people are specifically banned from entering Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

Kuwait is to conduct ‘gay tests’ to bar LGBT people from entering the Gulf region, it was revealed today (7 October).

According to director of public health Yousouf Mindkar, health centres will taking stricter measures in order to detect gay people.

This will mean LGBT people will effectively be banned from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Gay sex is already banned in all of the Arab countries.

May 21, 2013

Authorities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have forced US artist Rhea Litré US to perrform out of drag

Rhea Litré, one of the US’s most famous drag artists was forced to perform out of drag, by Dubai authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Litré was booked to perform her hit song ‘Let’s Have a KaiKai’ at Carnage, one of the few gay friendly events in Dubai, reported Queerty.

When she was due to perform, local security officers approached her and fellow artists telling them they could not go on stage in drag.

May 21, 2013

Authorities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have forced US artist Rhea Litré US to perrform out of drag

Rhea Litré, one of the US’s most famous drag artists was forced to perform out of drag, by Dubai authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Litré was booked to perform her hit song ‘Let’s Have a KaiKai’ at Carnage, one of the few gay friendly events in Dubai, reported Queerty.

When she was due to perform, local security officers approached her and fellow artists telling them they could not go on stage in drag.

April 6, 2013

Emirates men entrapped and jailed for three years for working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures and laws

Two men have been jailed for three years each for posing as male prostitutes over a social media network, WhosHere, and offering their dancing and sexual services for money in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Two men were caught after being monitored on the Internet and then entrapped in a hotel by a police agent posing as a client.

April 6, 2013

Emirates men entrapped and jailed for three years for working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures and laws

Two men have been jailed for three years each for posing as male prostitutes over a social media network, WhosHere, and offering their dancing and sexual services for money in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Two men were caught after being monitored on the Internet and then entrapped in a hotel by a police agent posing as a client.

March 22, 2013

Gay rights group ask NYU's president, John Sexton, what comes first in it's Abdu Dhabi's campus: profit or information freedom, diversity and ethics?

John Sexton, president of the prestigious New York University (NYU), along with its executive, was asked by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gay rights group over the ethics and conduct regarding their flagship Abu Dhabi campus.

March 22, 2013

Gay rights group ask NYU's president, John Sexton, what comes first in it's Abdu Dhabi's campus: profit or information freedom, diversity and ethics?

John Sexton, president of the prestigious New York University (NYU), along with its executive, was asked by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gay rights group over the ethics and conduct regarding their flagship Abu Dhabi campus.

March 18, 2013

Emirates men stand accused of working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures

Two men have been entrapped and accused of working together to offer and solicit gay sex for money.

A Dubai court heard yesterday (17 March) that the two were caught in a ‘sting operation’ after police found one of the defendants offering sexual services on the social networking site Whoshere, with a profile nicknamed ‘Mayoud Al Barari’.

March 18, 2013

Emirates men stand accused of working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures

Two men have been entrapped and accused of working together to offer and solicit gay sex for money.

A Dubai court heard yesterday (17 March) that the two were caught in a ‘sting operation’ after police found one of the defendants offering sexual services on the social networking site Whoshere, with a profile nicknamed ‘Mayoud Al Barari’.

November 29, 2012

Gay activists criticize the Emirates attempt to ‘pick and choose’ what constitutes human rights 

The United Arab Emirates was elected last month to a seat in the UN Human Rights Council despite criticism from the UAE LGBT rights group.

The group called upon the UAE to respect the universality of human rights of which LGBT rights are inseparable, as well as suggested starting a dialgoue.

November 29, 2012

Gay activists criticize the Emirates attempt to ‘pick and choose’ what constitutes human rights 

The United Arab Emirates was elected last month to a seat in the UN Human Rights Council despite criticism from the UAE LGBT rights group.

The group called upon the UAE to respect the universality of human rights of which LGBT rights are inseparable, as well as suggested starting a dialgoue.

November 22, 2012

The United Arab Emirates LGBT group released a video calling for a dialogue on the human rights of gay Emiratis

The UAE LGBT rights group posted a video featuring group members and their friends telling three short stories exemplifying life for LGBT people in the UAE and calling for dialogue.

Group members can not reveal their identity and speak directly without taking a huge risk in the UAE. Hence use paper with hand written messages, whilist hiding their identity.

November 16, 2012

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been elected member of the UN human rights council for a three-years, despite its appalling record on the issue, gay rights activists criticize the decision

The UAE won this week the membership of the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term starting in 2013.

But UAE gay rights campaigners criticised the election saying it has an appalling record on human rights and in particualr LGBT rights.

September 21, 2012

Liberal Senator Helen Kroger says stopovers in Dubai are dangerous for gay, Jewish and unmarried travelers

An Australian Senator has voiced concern about what a multi-million dollar deal between national airline Qantas and middle eastern airline Emirates will mean for gay passengers traveling through Dubai.

‘I refer to Article 177 of the Penal Code of Dubai that imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years on consensual sodomy, will there be warnings to gay Australians transiting through Dubai?’ said Liberal Senator Helen Kroger said in parliament on Wednesday.

September 11, 2012

United Arab Emirates LGBT rights group released an animated video outlining issues gay people face growing up in the country and calls for open discussion with the government

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) LGBT group released an animated video featuring a personal story of growing up gay in Emirates and calling for a dialogue with the country’s government.

The video, released today (11 September), entitled 'Let's talk', tells the story of a gay boy who grows up in a society that sees him as a sinner and immoral, which leave a profound effect on his self-esteem which he said led him even to several suicide attempts.

August 30, 2012

A Dubai Court of Appeal halved a prison sentence given to a Belgian man, whose partner fell to his death, for having consensual gay sex

The Dubai Court of Appeal has reduced the prison sentence given to a Belgian man for having consensual gay sex from one year to six months.

The man's case made the headlines in the Emirates because his partner had fallen to his death from their apartment balcony under suspicious circumstances.

June 7, 2012

Madonna shows gay kisses and other pro-LGBT messages in her United Arab Emirates performance, despite gay sex being illegal there

Gays and lesbians in the Emirates have welcomed Madonna's performance there, where she displayed strong messages of support for LGBT rights.

The global pop star played stadium gigs in Abu Dhabi on 3 and 4 June as part of her MDNA album world tour.

Around 25,000 attend the Madonna's first ever performance in the Arab world at the Yas Island Stadium, at Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where gay sex is still criminalized.

June 6, 2012

Belgian jailed for homosexuality, not murder, after Filipino partner falls to death in Dubai

A Belgian man has been sentenced to a year in jail after his gay Filipino partner fell to his death from the window of their Dubai apartment.

But despite the dying man reportedly using his final breaths to say he was pushed out of the window by his lover, the Belgian has been jailed for homosexuality, not murder.

May 17, 2012

LGBT people in the Emirates marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change

Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.

May 17, 2012

LGBT people in the Emirates marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change

Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.

May 16, 2012

Two men sentenced to jail and deportation from United Arab Emirates after woman 'saw' them having gay embrace, highlighting privacy issues

Two men ‘spotted’ fondling each other in a parked car near a beach in Jumeirah, Dubai were sentenced to three months prison to be followed by deportation, reported the National, an Emirates based daily yesterday (15 May).

The two, a salon receptionist 27-year-old Filipino named by the initials 'RS', and a 32-year-old Omani named by the initials AA, were arrested by the police just after 3am on 9 April following a tip off from a member of the public.

April 17, 2012

A gay teacher from Scotland denies he had sex with Seychelles man in public

A British man jailed for three years for having drunken gay sex in public in Dubai claims he was only having a 'kiss and a cuddle'.

Despite confessing to the charges in court, Paul Brandt, a teacher from Scotland, spoke from the Gulf state's Al Aweer jail saying there was no sex involved.

'It was just a kiss and a cuddle,' the 28-year-old said, The Scottish Sun reported.

April 12, 2012

British and Sychelles nationals sentenced to three years jail for drunken gay sex in Dubai. And Bangladeshi men get six months for toilet sex

Two men have been sentenced for three years in jail for having drunken gay sex in public in Dubai.

That's according to a report in The National, an Emirates-based English paper yesterday (11 April).

Two Bangladeshi men have also been arrested for having gay sex in a public toilet and will be deported after serving six months in jail.