This Pride Month, Shame on You: Exposing Anti-LGBT Government Strategies in MENA

 | 
06/08/2020

As a researcher and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I am often asked: “What is it like to be gay in the Middle East?” It is a question that cannot be answered. It assumes a uniform “gay experience” across the region, that does not align with reality. Sexual orientation and gender identity are only one aspect of experience. Social position and economic status also determine “what it is like.” Individual experiences of LGBT people are varied and distinctive and cannot be generalized to an entire country, let alone a region. A better question would be: How do governments in the MENA region use anti-LGBT rhetoric to advance their political agendas? The answer to that question reveals the state-sponsored homophobia that negatively impacts the lives of LGBT people in the region. Pride Month is an opportunity for people around the globe celebrate the visibility and hard-earned victories of LGBT people and movements since the Stonewall uprising in 1969. It is a good time to unshroud government strategies that inhibit equal rights in the MENA region, where anti-LGBT discrimination and violence are rampant.

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 06/14/2024
06/13/2024
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is opening public consultations to inform the development of the next National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy. …
Added on: 06/14/2024
06/13/2024
The KyivPride march will occur on June 16 in the streets of Kyiv. Around 500 participants, including activists, diplomats, and international community representatives, will …
Added on: 06/14/2024
06/13/2024
WARSAW – Mateusz Czyczerski always feared he would be attacked for being gay in Poland and after his worst fears were realised six years …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from , , , , ,

Added on: 06/13/2024
Performers strutted their stuff onstage at an LGBTQ community dance party in Nigeria’s Lagos, publicly celebrating their identities in a country where being gay …
Added on: 06/13/2024
The fight for LGBTQIAA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and more) rights has been an ongoing struggle for decades. Throughout history, individuals …
Added on: 06/12/2024
A transgender woman in China who spent millions of yuan on plastic surgery only to end up with a deformed mouth has warned people …