They do — and for many of them, the attitudes of family and society are a much bigger problem than the fear of being persecuted. When the US supreme court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage last year, the White House welcomed it with rainbow-coloured lights and many people celebrated by adding a rainbow tint to their Facebook profile. For the authorities in Saudi Arabia, though, this was cause for alarm rather than celebration, alerting them to a previously unnoticed peril in their midst. The first casualty was the privately run Talaee Al-Noor school in Riyadh which happened to have a rooftop parapet painted with rainbow stripes. The case of the gaily painted school shows how progress in one part of the world can have adverse effects elsewhere and serves as a reminder that there are places where the connection between rainbows and LGBT rights is either new or yet to be discovered. In Afghanistan, only a few years ago, there was a craze for decorating cars with rainbow stickers — which Chinese factories were only too happy to supply.
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS)
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS) | The Audre Lorde Project
Helem the Arabic acronym of "Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender People" , is a non-governmental non-profit organization registered in Quebec , Canada , as of February 11, As mentioned in Helem's constituting act, its action encompasses Lebanon and Canada. Helem has also established support groups in Australia , France and the United States , in addition to Canada. Helem is a legal organization recognized in Lebanon. Helem's primary goal is the annulment of article of the Lebanese Penal Code which punishes "unnatural sexual intercourse".
Coming Out in Lebanon
Jawad worked in sales in Syria before the war began. When his father found out he was gay, he had him arrested. After five years of hard labour, he emerged a broken man, only to find his country at war.
The wide-ranging study, conducted by researchers at Princeton University, found although support for women's rights and for female leaders was growing, many people still felt men should have the final say in family matters. Arab Barometer surveyed more than 25, people across 10 countries and the Palestinian territories for the study, which was commissioned by BBC News Arabic. Attitudes are shifting on certain topics, the research showed, with Jordanians and Moroccans more supportive of women gaining a university education than they were in The conservative kingdom has long been a focus for women's rights in the region and was applauded for lifting the world's last ban on women driving in