• Funeral for 16 Year Old Jerusalem Gay Pride Victim Held

    Shira Banki, 16, who succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, was among the six victims who were stabbed by an ultra-orthodox Jewish man at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade. On Monday, Banki’s funeral was held in Kibbutz Nahshon, where she was laid to rest by her friends and family. Banki’s...
  • Six Stabbed at Jerusalem Pride

    Violence marred Jerusalem’s Pride March where six victims, two who are in serious condition, were stabbed by Yishai Schlissel. Police arrested Schlissel, who is described as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, following the stabbings. Images have been released of the events, showing both the attack and Schlissel’s capture by police. The...
  • LGBTQ Iranians and The Internet

    It is difficult to overstate the importance of the internet to LGBTQ Iranians. The internet operates almost exclusively as the – relatively – safe place where those who are LGBTQ, or questioning, can find information, form communities, and express themselves. Mani Mostofi, in an article entitled Iranian’s Queer Internet:...
  • Death Threat Posters Appear in Ankara

    In the Turkish capital Ankara, posters have appeared threatening the lives of LGBTQ individuals. A group known as the Young Islamist Defense has made it known that they are responsible for the posters, claiming that they are trying to ‘respond to the immoral actions’ of LGBTQ people. The posters...
  • US Directs Embassies In Middle East, Africa To Promote LGBTQ Rights

    The United States government is now instructing its embassies to advocate for LGBTQ rights, even in countries that aren’t particularly welcoming to the queer community. At a Deutsche Bank and IBM pride lunch in the city of London, newly appointed international envoy Randy Berry explained that the US is...
  • State Violence Mars Istanbul Pride

    Pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons were all used in a state-sponsored police action against LGBTQ Pride attendees in Istanbul. As thousands of people took to the streets, they were met with riot police where they were forcibly removed. Some attendees made their way to side-streets to attempt...
  • Men Jailed in Morocco for Kissing

    In the kingdom of Morocco, two men have been sentenced to four months of jail time for kissing and embracing in front of the Hassan Tower, a landmark in Rabat. Their conviction was due to the fact that they committed an “unnatural act with a person of the same...
  • Photographs Released of ISIS Executing ‘Gay’ Men

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has made public photographs of the deaths of three men accused of homosexuality. The executions are believed to take place in Mosul, Iraq. The disturbing images show an awaiting crowd gathered for the event, men dangling over the edge of a building, their fall from...
  • Not Secretly Gay Candidate Runs For Turkish Parliament

    Baris Sulu is openly gay, or, as he puts it not “secret gay.” As i24 News reports, he is also the first openly LGBTQ parliamentary candidate in Turkish history. Sulu is not new to the good fight in Turkey; he’s been an advocate for LGBTQ rights in Turkey for...