Egyptian Actor Pushes for LGBT Rights

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08/16/2018

Amid Egypt’s continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT rights. An award-winning actor, stage director and film producer, Naga was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2007. He has spoken out on many sensitive social issues, including HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation and children’s rights. “Gay people are born with romantic tendencies toward the same sex and this is scientifically documented now, just like the roundness of the Earth. Ignorance of these facts is what society lacks to understand what homosexuals are suffering,” said Naga. In 2015, Naga previously sparked social media outrage by endorsing the gay marriage [court decision] in the United States. Naga put on the rainbow logo, representing the gay and transgender (LGBT) movement, on his Facebook profile picture, inciting accusations that he himself was homosexual.

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