Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender citizens generally have limited or highly restrictive rights in most parts of the Middle Eastand are open to hostility in others. Homosexuality is illegal in 10 of the 18 countries that make up the region. In Iraq homosexuality is legal but the law is ignored with killings happening regardless.
But we have over words for love, and we have gender neutral terms too. I prefer not to call myself 'gay' in Western terms because I want to decolonise my body. Recently, I was asked to defend my support of the UAE and explain why I am so enthusiastic about a nation that is perceived to enforce torture, lengthy prison terms and even the death penalty against gay people.
Brunei has come under scrutiny this week after the small country located in Southeast Asia enacted an Islamic law that made gay sex punishable by flogging or stoning to death. Tomorrow, the country of Brunei will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now.
In this column, we will hear from voices in the LGBT community about their experiences on the road, safety tips, events, and overall advice for other LGBT travelers to get the most out of their time on the road! At last count, there are 77 countries where homosexuality is illegal, with death sentences possible in at least 12 of those. But there are such stories out there: a gay British tourist jailed in Moroccoa gay Swedish tourist jailed in Tunisiaa couple facing harassment in Dubaientrapment in Egypt …the list goes on.
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.
With a lot of geographical variation in the region, the weather varies dramatically from place to place in the Middle East and North Africa, though it is safe to say that coastal regions are generally warm enough to swim in the sea most times of the year. An important religious celebration to keep in mind when planning a trip to the Middle East and North Africa is Ramadan, taking place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar usually some time between April and June and is observed in Muslim countries around the world and means a time of fasting during daylight hours. Once you know your starting city and final destination, you can connect the dots pretty easily.
For gay and lesbian travelers, Africa and the Middle East represents somewhat of a challenge. In some countries the way of life simply banned by laws and person charged with any homosexual act could face years in prison. That said there are many underground scenes, helping hands, and friendly people that can make travel here more than worthwhile.
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I have booked 4 days in Dubai in a 5 star hotel with double bed and we are two gay males, although we aware not to display any public affection etc - we were hoping we would be safe in the privacy of our hotel room? I assume you know that homosexuality is illegal in Dubai? I don't think it's wise to book a room with a double bed but I have no direct experience to basis this feeling on.
The region of the Middle East is traditionally considered the least gay friendly place on the planet. Most of the countries in this part of the world are not just unfriendly to LGBT people but they are even dangerous for people with different orientation. In United Arab Emirates on the other side are penalizable all kind of sexual acts outside the marriage.