Arab LGBT activists "are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma" despite legal hurdles, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality has said. HRW released a report on the challenges and the progress of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in the Middle East on Monday. It was accompanied with video of testimonies by Arab LGBT activists about their experiences and "journeys of self-acceptance". "We don’t want the image anymore of just being victims," Zoheir, a gay activist from Algeria, says in the video. "We want to speak about reality, speak about violence, but also to [show what is] positive." The report shed light on laws criminalising homosexuality across the Middle East and the efforts to change them.
April 16 / Middle East Eye