File photo. Comments Print. Several top European politicians backed Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday 28 February after he told Arab leaders he was gay and could be condemned to death in some of their countries. Centre-right politician Bettel became the first European Union leader to enter into a same-sex union after he married his partner Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect, in Several Middle Eastern countries still sentence people to the death penalty for homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
This photo has become a symbol of Arab solidarity with the Orlando shooting victims
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It did feel exquisitely surreal, in the summer of the Yes vote in Ireland, to be on my way to the Middle East to my first gay wedding. Or, as a friend of mine here corrected me, my first lavender wedding, involving one gay person my friend and one straight person his bride. I'd long ago given up trying to talk him out of the whole thing. The ceremony would be the culmination of years of denials, evasions and unrelenting parental pressure his mother had once frisbeed a side plate against the wall of a restaurant in protest at the mere mention of the word 'adoption'. He'd lied to his father about being impotent to stave off the pressure to get married, but that excuse had only lasted a few years.
He thought yet again of the dichotomy of his life as a gay Arab Israeli citizen considered an outcast by the Palestinian society for his sexuality and viewed with unease by some Israelis for his brand of nationality. The rockets were not the only thing that made him feel unsafe. Outside, Israeli extremists rallied on the streets against Hamas' attacks with chants of "Death to Arabs. For the year-old, a well-known socialite in Tel Aviv's LGBT community, the city is a haven for gay men, but Abu Seif says he considers himself a Palestinian and that as such, he can never fully integrate. His struggles, along with those of two other protagonists are the subject of "Oriented,'' a new Israeli documentary, touted as the first to focus on gay Palestinian citizens.
The camera lingers on the jihadists suspending the man by his legs over the edge of the building. Those who survive the fall have stones hurled at them by crowds waiting below for the coup de grace. In the almost two years since Islamic State declared its self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, it has employed amputations, whipping and crucifixions to punish those who violate its strict reading of sharia, or Islamic law. The Koran discusses the issue of homosexuality in its retelling of the story of Sodom and Lot. The group now stalks websites that are popular with gay Arab men, setting up fake accounts to harvest information or entrap them.