An Egyptian court has sentenced and released 17 individuals who were arrested in October for practicing homosexuality. Although the people were released, they are required to pay a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($285) or face three years in prison, according to Reuters. The decision can be appealed in a higher court if the sentenced individuals choose to do so. The arrests came amidst a crackdown on the LGBT community by Egyptian security forces following the raising of a rainbow flag during the concert of Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila.
November 28 / Step Feed