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Added on: 06/10/2024
A non-binary social media influencer fleeing persecution in Saudi Arabia has been denied asylum in the UK because officials allegedly don’t believe they are really LGBT+. Ali Saad…

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Added on: 06/07/2024
06/06/2024
A non-binary social media influencer fleeing persecution in Saudi Arabia has been denied asylum in the UK because officials allegedly don’t believe they are really LGBT+. Ali Saad Muthyib,…

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Added on: 01/21/2024
01/20/2024
An LGBTQ+ Saudi activist has slammed Jordan Henderson over his lukewarm apology to queer fans and called on the footballer to “pay reparations” to the community. Speaking…

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Added on: 09/17/2023
09/16/2023
From Lebanon to Iraq, politicians in the Middle East have stepped up their anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, raising concerns about an increase in homophobic violence and even tougher penalties…

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Added on: 09/06/2023
09/05/2023
England midfielder Jordan Henderson has responded to criticism by defending his decision to join a Saudi Arabian club and apologising for the hurt caused to the LGBTQ…

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Added on: 08/18/2023
In the wake of the tragic death of a Saudi trans woman who was coerced back to the country before taking her own life, LGTBQ Saudis are…

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Added on: 08/06/2023
08/05/2023
England manager Gareth Southgate says he understands the criticism directed at Jordan Henderson, a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, following his move to Saudi Arabian club…

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Added on: 07/30/2023
07/29/2023
Players from across the game have taken eye-watering amounts of money to join the Saudi Pro League, moves which have been criticised as supporting “sportswashing”. In December,…

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Added on: 05/02/2023
05/01/2023
LGBTQ tourists can now visit Saudi Arabia, according to the kingdom’s official tourism site. The shift follows a series of social and economic changes that the kingdom…

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Added on: 03/18/2023
03/17/2023
On March 12, Eden Knight, a 23-year-old Saudi-American transgender woman, posted a note online indicating that she intended to die by suicide. Knight’s suicide note accused her…

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Added on: 11/30/2022
11/29/2022
With rainbow flags and “OneLove” armbands, World Cup fans have protested against host Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies, but many queer Arabs fear a Western solidarity push could do…

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Added on: 08/05/2022
08/04/2022
Two Saudi sisters found dead in their beds in Sydney attended a girls-only queer event in January where they told acquaintances gay women “live in fear” in Saudi…

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Added on: 08/02/2022
In late June, an account launched on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Telegram called Fetrah — the Arabic word for “human instinct.” Soon after, the account posted a…

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Added on: 08/01/2022
07/31/2022
Tala Safwan has five million followers on TikTok and 800,000 on YouTube. She lives in Saudi Arabia. Her content is similar to other young social media influencers…

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Added on: 07/29/2022
07/27/2022
An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube –…

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Added on: 07/18/2022
Most of the people around him don’t know he identifies as queer, the 20-year-old Iraqi student told DW. But life in his comparatively conservative southern city of Najaf…

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Added on: 04/26/2022
04/25/2022
Saudi Arabia has asked Disney to cut “LGBTQ references” from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before it can be screened in the kingdom, an official…

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Added on: 02/20/2022
02/19/2022
Days after Kuwait’s constitutional court struck down a law that criminalizes “imitation of the opposite sex” – considered a breakthrough for the regional transgender community – journalist…

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Added on: 12/26/2021
12/26/2021
Saudi Arabia’s top religious body has declared homosexuality to be ‘one of the most heinous crimes’. According to a statement by the official Saudi Press Agency, Grand…

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Added on: 12/19/2021
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) published a report on Tuesday covering the criminalization of consensual same-sex relations, stating that the Islamic Republic…

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Added on: 12/05/2021
Lewis Hamilton has said he is not comfortable competing in Saudi Arabia given its repressive laws regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking before this weekend’s grand prix in…

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Added on: 09/02/2021
09/01/2021
When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist Mikhail Tumasov took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities…

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Added on: 07/28/2020
A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia,…

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Added on: 06/10/2020
06/09/2020
Human rights campaigners have called on Saudi Arabia to release blogger Mohamad al-Bokari, who was detained after stating his support for LGBT+ rights. According to Human Rights…

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Added on: 03/09/2020
03/09/2020
Multiple Middle Eastern markets have banned the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Onward” for featuring an explicitly lesbian character. “Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the…

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Added on: 12/17/2019
12/17/2019
The two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia have both finally been freed after one was forced to remain alone in a detention centre due…

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Added on: 12/05/2019
12/04/2019
The Senate has passed a motion calling on the government to recognise the increased risk it has placed on two gay Saudi journalists by keeping them in…

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Added on: 11/21/2019
Two gay Saudi journalists, who claim they were outed in retaliation for contacts one of them had with a foreign media outlet, have been detained in Australia…

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Added on: 11/19/2019
11/18/2019
Two gay Saudi Arabian journalists detained in Australia while attempting to seek asylum have spoken out about their ordeal, labelling their treatment “unconscionable”. Last week, The Guardian…

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Added on: 11/14/2019
11/11/2019
A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia’s state security agency categorises feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote…