LGBT rights in Arab countries

Algeria 

LGBT rights in Algeria 
Wikipedia

Kelma  
French-language site for the Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian communities in France.

Algerigay 
For gay Algerians (in French)


Bahrain 

LGBT rights in Bahrain 
Wikipedia


Comoros 

LGBT rights in Comoros 
Wikipedia


Djibouti 

LGBT rights in Djibouti 
Wikipedia


Egypt 

LGBT rights in Egypt 
Wikipedia

GayEgypt.com 
A guide to gay life (and persecution) in Egypt

Gay rights in Egypt  
Wikipedia

In a time of torture
"The assault on justice in Egypt's crackdown on homosexual conduct." Report by Human Rights Watch, March 2004. Also inArabic.

One Man's Tale  
A gay activist in Egypt describes the nightmare of the government's crackdown on homosexuality. By Josh Hammer (Newsweek, 16 June, 2002).

Explaining Egypt's targeting of gays  
By Hossam Bahgat (MERIP, 31 July, 2001)

A glimpse behind the screen 
Comment Is Free, July 8, 2006

A novel featuring a gay newspaper editor was a hit in Egypt - but its movie release has caused a stir.

Call to censor 'immoral' Egyptian film 
The Guardian, July 6, 2006

The Yacoubian Building has broken box office records but many oppose its portrayal of modern Egypt.

Homosexuality on trial in Egypt
The Guardian, November 19 2001

In 1800, a European traveller to Egypt wrote: "The inconceivable inclination which has dishonoured the Greeks and Persians of antiquity constitutes the delight, or, more properly speaking the infamy of the Egyptians ... the contagion has seized the poor as well as the rich."


Iraq 

LGBT rights in Iraq 
Wikipedia

Axis of Evil 
Haider Jaber thought life as a gay man was harsh under Saddam Hussein. Then came the invasion. And the aftermath. (GT magazine, March 2007.)

Gays flee Iraq as Shia death squads find a new target 
Observer, 6 August 2006

Iraqi police 'killed 14-year-old boy for being homosexual' 
Independent, 5 May 2006

Gay Iraqis fear for their lives 
BBC, 17 April 2006

Gay and Iraqi 
A double life under Saddam Hussein (outuk.com)


Jordan 

LGBT rights in Jordan 
Wikipedia

My.Kali.magazine  
The first Jordanian LGBT magazine. See Youtube video


Kuwait 

LGBT rights in Kuwait 
Wikipedia

Boys will be boys - or else 
Comment Is Free, January 23, 2008

Kuwaitis who defy very narrowly defined gender stereotypes now face prison or a hefty fine


Lebanon 

LGBT rights in Lebanon 
Wikipedia

Helem 
Gay and lesbian rights organisation. Its main goal at present is the abolition of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code which punishes "unnatural sexual intercourse".

Meem 
For women in Lebanon who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including male-to-female and female-to-male), queer, in addition to women questioning their sexual orientation.

Gay rights in Lebanon 
Wikipedia

Lebanon LGBT Monitor 

Raynbow Media Monitor
Dispelling myths – LGBT news from Lebanon

Gay Lebanon 
Website partly under construction.

Group lobbies for basic rights  
Article about the campaigning organisation Hurriyat Khassa ("Private freedoms"). By May Farah (Daily Star, 12 June 2004)

GayLebanon.com: a miscarriage of justice? 
A human rights activist and an internet portal owner were found guilty of insulting the vice squad, yet no evidence was produced. By Warren Singh-Bartlett (Daily Star, 16 March, 2001)

Highway to hell 
The Guardian, June 02 2003

There's no accounting for taste, but if you want to wear a black t-shirt and listen to heavy metal music, is it the government's business to stop you? If you get a piercing or a tattoo, or dance like Michael Jackson, is the fabric of society going to be ...


Libya 

LGBT rights in Libya 
Wikipedia


Mauritania 

LGBT rights in Mauritania 
Wikipedia


Morocco 

LGBT rights in Morocco 
Wikipedia

Kifkif 
"A community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Morocco." Website in Arabic, French and Spanish.

Kelma  
French-language site for the Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian communities in France.

Party time  
Comment Is Free, December 14, 2007

Revellers at a get-together in Morocco have ended up in jail after a wave of moral panic and accusations of staging a gay wedding


Oman 

LGBT rights in Oman 
Wikipedia


Palestine/Israel

LGBT rights in Palestine 
Wikipedia

LGBT rights in Israel 
Wikipedia

Aswat 
Organisation for Palestinian gay women

al-Qaws
Palestinian LGBT project at Jerusalem Open House

Coming out in Arabic
Guardian Unlimited, October 2 2006

Brian Whitaker reports on a lesbian group's struggle for acceptance in the Middle East.

Refugee status 
Gay Palestinians who dream of a better life in Israel. 
Yossi Klein Halevi (New Republic, 19 August, 2002)

Queer in the Land of Sodom 
The development of gay rights in Israel. By Lee Walzer (The Gully, February 2002)

Gay Israel: No Pride In Occupation 
By Hagai El-Ad (The Gully, February 2002)

Unspeakable love  
Homosexuality in the Middle East and the gay Palestinians who have taken refuge in Israel. By Brian Whitaker (Jewish Quarterly 202, Summer 2006).


Qatar 

LGBT rights in Qatar 
Wikipedia


Saudi Arabia 

LGBT rights in Saudi_Arabia 
Wikipedia

The Kingdom in the Closet 
By Nadya Labi
Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, but gay life flourishes there. Why it is “easier to be gay than straight” in a society where everyone, homosexual and otherwise, lives in the closet. (Atlantic Monthly, May 2007)


Somalia 

LGBT rights in Somalia 
Wikipedia

Somali Gay Community 
Information and support. UK-based. Website is in English and Somali.

Gay Somalis in London launch community website 
News report. (UK Gay News, 17 November 2007)


Sudan 

LGBT rights in Sudan 
Wikipedia


Syria 

LGBT rights in Syria 
Wikipedia


Tunisia 

LGBT rights in Tunisia 
Wikipedia

Kelma  
French-language site for the Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian communities in France.


United Arab Emirates 

LGBT rights in the UAE 
Wikipedia

Gay party' guests face hormone treatment 
The Guardian, November 30 2005

More than two dozen men arrested at an allegedly gay party could face compulsory hormone treatment, officials in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, said yesterday.


Yemen 

LGBT rights in Yemen 
Wikipedia

Coming out in Yemen 
Revolution activist goes public about his sexuality (June 2013)