Egypt is in the throes of a major crackdown on its LGBT community. Dozens have been detained, with the media, government, and Islamic establishment working in sync on a hate-filled anti-gay campaign. One prime time TV host, Ahmed Moussa, called homosexuality as “terrible as terrorism,” while a government official labelled it a “sickness and disgrace.” Not to miss out, the most prestigious Islamic institution in Egypt, Al-Azhar, ordered sermons to blast homosexuality and stop the spread of “abnormalities.” All of Egypt’s anti-LGBT campaigns are repetitive in content and application. Government, media, and religious bodies coordinate efforts to publicly expose and humiliate LGBT citizens, raids are made on LGBT-friendly venues, while authorities emphasize their moral justification in the crackdown. And they almost always serve a political purpose—this time is no exception.
November 6 / HuffPost