In Sisi's Egypt, the Coptic Orthodox Church has stayed silent in the face of growing human rights violations and suppression of dissent. When it comes to the government's anti-gay crackdown, the Church plays an active part. Among Coptic Church leaders, homosexuality and calls for its acceptance represent a moral danger that must be contained. On September 22, Mashrou Leila, a Lebanese Indie-band whose lead singer is openly gay, held a concert in Cairo. During the concert members of the audience waved the rainbow flag in support of LGBT-rights, and footage of the incident spread on social media. Egyptian Authorities acted resolutely.
October 2 / The New Arab