Tunis (AFP) An online radio station catering for the LGBT community, believed to be the first of its kind in the Arab world, started broadcasting in Tunisia on Monday. The outlet — set up by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights group Shams — aims to tackle deep-rooted hostility in the North African state, where homosexuality is officially illegal. The slogan of Shams Rad station is “dignity, equality” and its presenters include prominent activists, but those behind it have still reported receiving threats. It intends “to sensitise the people ofRead More
Cairo (AFP) Debauched, perverted, sick, deviant… just some of the words used to describe gays in Egypt amid a police crackdown on homosexuality after the rainbow flag was raised at a concert. Despite homosexuality not being illegal in the North African country, the number of arrests of suspects is mounting. The crackdown comes after an open-air concert in Cairo on September 22 by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, when the flag representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community was raised. Pictures of the incident were shared widely on social media,Read More