A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds 1 No
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

The campaign is seen as a reaction to recent conversations about LGBTQIA+ people within mainstream Islamic culture. Within the Western context, Queer Rights activists often ally with Muslim Rights activists. It is done with the understanding that all Muslims are equally oppressed and can relate to each other; they are likely to support each other.

This, in turn, led to increased visibility for queer people within Western Islamic culture and family systems. Additionally, in the post-Covid world there has also been an increase in visibility of both queer culture and queer Muslim people. This led to many more discussions of the contemporary mainstream Islamic culture’s point of view on LGBTQIA+ issues.

With this has begun a renewed interest in hidden queers in Islamic culture, with people compiling research papers and well-researched YouTube videos showing the presence of queers throughout Islamic history.

Around the same time, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar became the first black woman to represent Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives. She is also one of the first two. Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib) to serve in the United States Congress, and came out in support of the LGBTQIA+ community,

This seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, in response to which conservative Islamic schools led by the Middle East (Saudi/Iran) called for these Anti-LGBTQIA+ measures and campaigns.

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Arab1
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

Qatar, (Host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup)

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds FIFA
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

Qatari security forces often arbitrarily arrest LGBTQIA+ people who identify as subjecting them to emotional, physical and sexual abuse in detention as late as September 2022. This has come under increased scrutiny as Qatar prepared to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November. Although for the World Cup, Qatar has always said that “everyone is welcome” and rainbow flags can be displayed in all eight stadiums. But this approach has only caused more offense and consternation among people who identify as LGBTQIA+ within Qatar.

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Qatar has harsh anti-LGBTQ laws, and same-sex sexual activity is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Human Rights Watch documented six cases of severe and repeated beatings and five cases of sexual harassment in police custody between 2019 and 2022. Security forces arrested people in public places solely for their gender expression and illegally searched their phones. As a requirement for their release, security forces ordered detained transgender women to attend conversion therapy sessions at a government-sponsored “behavioral health care” facility.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Dubai
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

“Teachers returning for the new academic year in the United Arab Emirates were hit by a new bureaucratic demand. In a new code of conduct, one clause in particular stood out: “refrain. . . to discuss gender identity, homosexuality, or any other behavior deemed unacceptable to UAE society.” The school administration, in response to the perceived crackdown, removed rainbow flags from classrooms and told teachers to remove rainbow wristbands. Children have been told that topics such as same-sex marriage and homosexuality are no longer allowed to be discussed. – Written by @simeonkerr For @financial times.

Amazon Blocks Searches for LGBTQ+ Products in the UAE Amid Regional Push Against Homosexuality

“After listening to the Emirates, Amazon had its Restricted Products team take steps to remove individual product listings, and a team that manages the company’s search capabilities hid results for over 150 keywords,” he wrote. the Times in its report. Those keywords included “lgbtq,” “pride,” “closeted gay,” and “transgender flag,” among others, according to the CNBC report.

IRAN

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Iran
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

2 Iranian women have been sentenced to death for their activism in support of the country’s LGBT community.

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The state news agency IRNA reported the sentencing of Zahra Hamadani and Elham Chubdar on September 5, a day after the Hengaw Human Rights Network said it had received reports that the two had been informed of the punishment a few days earlier.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accused the two of “promoting homosexuality, gambling, fraud, and promoting illicit sexual relations and posting them on the Internet.” @rfe.rl
The UN has demanded that Iran suspend the death penalty.

Egypt

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Egypt
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

Egypt’s Ministry of Education has ordered educational directorates to integrate the concepts of sex education, sexual harassment and sexual violence into the basic education curriculum, local media reported on Thursday.

The move is aimed at protecting children following growing public concern that they may imitate “deviant” sexual behaviour, which is seen by many in Egypt as including homosexuality, while children watch content online, according to Sada El Balad and the Egypt Independent. .

Internet in Egypt

An anti-LGBTQ campaign called Fetrah is making waves on social media after it urged users to promote the idea that there are only 2 genders, male and female.

Taken from the Arabic word for “human instinct,” Fetrah came about after International Pride Month in the Middle East.

Its creation follows a series of political controversies, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where authorities have announced a recall of all rainbow-colored toys and clothing for children in Riyadh for “promoting homosexuality.” @euronews

Iraq

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Iraq
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

We are already exposed to all kinds of harassment and attacks on a daily basis,” he said. “And that’s even before this law is enacted to criminalize homosexuality.”

In July, the Iraqi government announced that it was planning a law that would ban homosexuality. Iraq it is one of three Arab-majority countries in the Middle East that does not explicitly criminalize same-sex relationships. The others are Jordan and Bahrain.

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If the law passes, it would bring Iraq in line with the rest of the region. Most other Middle Eastern nations ban same-sex intimacy more directly, punishing it with anything from fines to prison and, in Saudi Arabia, the death penalty, @dwnews.

Netflix – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar

Saudi Arabia led the 6 Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, in demanding that streaming platform Netflix remove shows deemed un-Islamic. The call followed a local media campaign accusing Netflix of promoting homosexuality, a criminal offense in many countries in the region. Written by @simeonkerr For @financial times.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Authorities Seize Rainbow Toys in Campaign Against Homosexuality

Cases, skirts and hats among items flagged for ‘contradicting Islamic faith and public morals’ @guardian.

Lebanon

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Lebanon
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

Faced with threats and threats, the LGBT community, which is already marginalized in Lebanon, has abandoned the organization of meetings and activities, and its supporters have recently canceled defense movements after the authorities tightened the noose more and more under the pretext of customs and religions. and in the midst of an economic crisis that redoubled the isolation of its members.

“It has become very scary to be an LGBT person in Lebanon at the moment,” Tarek Zeidan, director of the LGBT rights organization Helem, told AFP.

Indonesia

A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds Indonesia
A widespread and coordinated anti-LGBTQIA+ campaign is currently underway across much of the Arab and Islamic worlds

The Indonesian LGBTQ community fears a crackdown on legal reforms.

The Indonesian parliament is currently debating the country’s penal code. LGBTQ rights activists are concerned that new legal standards on morality could be used to persecute same-sex couples, @dwnews.