17 MEN ON TRIAL FOR THEIR SEXUALITY

More and more countries are accepting LGBT rights and with some even allowing same sex marriages. In some countries individuals who have undergone gender transitions can ably for new identities and be recognised by their newly found identities.

In some countries however; lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals have had to life secret lives in fear of their own lives. Egypt is one of the African countries with strict rules and laws against homosexuality and transgender.

On the 22nd of September 17 men who are suspected to be homosexuals are now on trail. At least 6 people were arrested after holding the rainbow flag that represents lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people at a concert by Lebanese Band ‘Mashrou’ Leilla in Cairo. The rest of the arrested men are said to have been hunted down by the public prosecutor.

The Egyptian authorities wrongfully use dating apps to find LGBT people and raid their places. This has sparked panic in the LGBT societies as well as society as a whole. Homosexuality in Egypt is seen as a ‘shameful sickness’. The Supreme Council for Media Regulation has banned any promotion of homosexuality as it suspects more people can be infected.

Just last year 11 men who has been suspected of being gay were sentenced to 12 years in prison. It is still unknown what the price for inciting debauchery will be.

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