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November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

November 1, 2014

Each of the men were sentenced to three years in prison

Today, 1 November, an Egyptian court sentenced eight men for their appearance in a purported same-sex wedding video.

According to the Associated Press, each of the men were sentenced to three years in prison.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

June 1, 2014

Scuffles broke out between a group of some 200 Orthodox Christians and the police as they tried to break a police cordon and approach the parade

Several thousand people turned out for Cyprus's first gay pride parade in its capital Nicosia on Saturday to call for equal rights and progress on a bill for civil partnership.

Organizers Accept LGBT Cyprus hailed the event as a 'huge success’ and said that the turnout shows that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views.

After the parade, organisers said on Twitter: 'Cyprus is changing. Thank you all.'

February 28, 2014

The Palestinian and Israeli problem as highlighted by a new dragged-up theater show

It just so happened the person supposed to attend Ballad of the Burning Star with yours truly had a pre-show panic attack at London’s Old Street tube station. It was rush hour and they’re not used to public transport.

Sympathetic to a variety of mental health issues, I sent them home with a suggestion they should drink some wine and lie down. I then called another friend, who happens to be a Greek Orthodox priest. Could he get to Battersea Arts Centre in 30 minutes? Yes, he could. Amen, sister.

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.

September 13, 2013

LGBT Azerbaijanis have held their first gay pride march in the majority Muslim former Soviet state with no attempts to suppress the event reported

A group of gay friends marched through the Azerbaijan capital Baku last Saturday with a rainbow flag in what is believed to be the country’s first ever LGBT pride celebration.

No arrests were made and there were no reports of violence or harassment.

Azerbaijani language news site Gay.Az reports that the event was organized by Ruslan Baluxin and a group of friends and followed a ‘mini rally.’

September 3, 2013

An Omani article suggesting homosexuality is more tolerant than its neighbors was called 'damaging to Oman's reputation'

An Oman newspaper has printed a front-page apology for a pro-gay article.

In the English language newspaper The Week last week, there was an article suggesting Oman was more tolerant of LGBT people than in other Gulf states.

As homosexuality is illegal in Oman, punished for up to three years in prison, the article was denounced for ‘promoting gay sex’.

August 9, 2013

Authorities in the former Soviet state cite defects as their reason for withdrawing a proposed ban of gay and lesbian sexual relationships

Armenian officials have retired a bill banning gay and lesbian sexual relationships just days after it was submitted.

Gay Star News reported yesterday Armenian authorities drafted a controversial bill to ban ‘non-traditional sexual relationships’

Officials reportedley felt the need to protect ‘the model of the traditional Armenian family’ against ‘phenomena alien to national Armenian mentality’.

May 16, 2013

Not a single Palestinian was invited to speak at a reception held by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel in honor of IDAHO

The US Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel has reportedly excluded Palestinians from speaking at reception in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Although Aswat, a Palestinian organization for Gay Women, was invited to attend, their representative was not allowed to make a speech at the Ambassador's Tel-Aviv residence tonight (16 May).

April 12, 2013

The government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is set to decrliminalize gay sex

Homosexuality is to be legalized in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), if the measures drawn by government are approved.

The new amendment, drawn up by the Prime Ministry’s European Union (EU) Coordination Centre, would repeal Articles 171, 172 and 173 of Chapter 154 of the TRNC Penal Code that prohibit male same-sex acts.

The EU has previously been putting pressure on the TRNC to legalize gay sex.

November 21, 2012

Two gay Palestinians who lived in Gaza and were in a relationship were killed when an Israeli bomb directly hit their apartment building

A gay Palestinian couple was killed by an Israeli bomb that directly hit their apartment building.

The two men, one aged 21 the other 31 years-old, were spending time in their apartment on Friday evening (16 November), when a bomb hit the apartment building.

The two were killed on the spot.

Amnesty has so far estimated that at least 66 innocent Palestinian civilians killed by the Israel's military operation ‘Pillar of Cloud’ that launched on 14 November, with many more wounded and made homeless.

November 1, 2012

Seven men have been arrested in Cairo, Egypt, for running and organising alleged gay sex ‘debauchery’ parties

Egyptian media reported yesterday (31 October) that seven men have been detained and questioned for over four days for their allegedly organising and participating in a gay sex ‘debauchery’ party network, in the El Nozah neighbourhood of Cairo, the country’s capital.

According to the reports, the public prosecutor is preparing a case against the men, as well as assigning a urologist to ‘investigate’ if the men had any ‘incriminating’ sexually transmitted diseases.

September 6, 2012

Kuwaiti police arrested a gay couple, who were reported to posses a marriage contract, for allegedly engaging in 'homosexual acts' in a car park

Kuwaiti police officers arrested two men for allegedly engaging in 'homosexual acts', in a car at a cafe’s parking lot in Kuwait city.

The men were reported to have been acting ‘romantically’ in a car parked outside a café in the neighbourhood of Sulaibikhat of Kuwait city, when a police patrol caught them in the ‘homosexual act’.

September 3, 2012

Two homophobic teenagers are in hospital in Kuwait after they were ambushed by the friends of a gay man they had been harassing

Two homophobic Kuwaiti youths were knifed by the friends of a gay man they had been harassing in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to the Kuwait Times, the youths were lured into an ambush by six men after harassing a gay man in the Al-Adan District of the Kuwaiti governorate of Mubarak Al-Kabeer.

The youths were taken by ambulance to the intensive care unit of Adan Hospital after receiving stab wounds during the attack.

Detectives arrested two suspects in the attack at a nearby house and are still seeking the other four.

August 31, 2012

Egyptian police have arrested a man who is alleged to lead a 'gay sex network', his case has been transferred to prosecutors

Egyptian police raided beach chalets in the town of el-Arish, Sinai yesterday (30 August), arresting a man who is alleged to head a ‘gay sex network.’

Police sources told Ma’an News Agency the man is a Cairo resident and his case was transferred to prosecutors.

The circumstances of the arrest have not been disclosed nor what kind of charges could the unidentified suspect face.

August 15, 2012

Government of Saudi Arabia objects to a new .gay web address claiming it is offensive and will be used to promote homosexuality

The government of Saudi Arabia government has voiced its objection to .gay – a proposed new generic top-level domain name like .com.

The Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia said the .gay address ending would ‘promote homosexuality’ and be ‘offensive to many societies and cultures.’

August 11, 2012

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protested demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and virginal exams

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protest this morning (11 August) in front of the Lebanese ministry of justice in Beirut, demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and vaginal exams (used to test for virginity).

This historic protest was the biggest ever public demonstration of LGBT advocates and their supporter in the Arab world, and a very rare occasion. The only other protest happened in 2008, also in Beirut.

August 8, 2012

The Lebanese Medical Association act after 36 men get anal probes and ban discredited 'torture' tests but public prosectuor wants to keep them

Lebanese medical chiefs have ordered doctors to stop carrying out 'anal probe' tests to find out if men are gay but the country's public prosecutor has said the tests should continue.

August 3, 2012

LGBT people welcome but donkeys are not as Israel marks pride in its capital

Up 5,000 people marched in central Jerusalem on Thursday for the 10th annual LGBT Pride and Tolerance parade.

Participants marched yesterday (2 August) through Jerusalem’s city center without no major incidents, holding banners such as ‘A decade of marching in Jerusalem,’ and ‘Love thy neighbour.’

July 31, 2012

Doctors called in to conduct anal exams on men arrested in police raid. TV presenter Joe Maalouf who sparked police action threatens law suit over claims he is gay

Vice police in Lebanon have conducted anal exams on the 36 men who were arrested in a sting operation on a gay porn cinema.

The men were arrested in a police raid on the gay porn cinema in Beirut on Saturday (28 July). The cinema is famous for being a place where men meet to have sex with other men.

Of the 36 arrested, an unknown number have now been released after having an anal probe exam by an unnamed doctor.

July 29, 2012

36 men arrested in Beirut, Lebanon for alleged gay debauchery after TV show unveiled activity in porn cinemas

Thirty six men were arrested yesterday (28 July) in a porn cinema in Beirut, Lebanon, Gay Star News can reveal.

Police raided Plaza Cinema, Beirut, which screens porn films and is famous for being a cruising spot, arresting 36 people including the owner, reported the Lebanese Murr TV (MTV) channel.

MTV’s report was written in a highly inflammatory language designed to stir up anti-gay feelings.

July 4, 2012

Jordan's gay magazine, My Kali, has been featured on the Facebook page of the capital city, Amman, with a call for people to respect gay rights - provoking lively debate

Jordan’s gay magazine, My Kali, has won unprecedented praise on the unofficial Facebook page of the city of Amman, the Jordanian capital.

The page put up a pro gay rights message along with a topless picture cover of Khalid, a model who is the 'face' of the magazine, on Monday (2 July).

June 8, 2012

A visit to Lebanon reveals Roman treasures, natural wonders, outstanding food, cosmopolitan fun and a growing gay scene

Lebanon is a melting pot of European, Mediterranean, eastern and western cultures.

The St Georges Beach and Marina is the best example of this and is the best place for those who wish to mix and mingle with the locals. Here the hottest beauties the city has to offer lounge around in their swimwear. Sadly photography is not permitted but Zaitunay Bay is THE marina in Lebanon where the largest yachts and all that goes with them can be found.