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Lebanese Band Mashrou’ Leila and Its Gay Lead Singer Are Smashing Middle Eastern Homophobia

Happy 10th birthday to one of the world’s most revolutionary bands, thanks in part to its lead singer, a gay man named Hamed Sinno

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The Film ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ Is Truly Miyazaki’s Anti-War Masterpiece

Produced in the aftermath of America’s 2003 invasion of the Middle East, it’s perhaps the director’s most political triumph

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Entertainment
‘F*ck ISIS’ Is a Dating Simulation Game Where You Kill (and Date) Hunky Terrorists

We’re unsure about new game called ‘Fuck ISIS: The Super Patriotic Dating Simulator’ where you play a horny teen assassin who dates and kills terrorists

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Culture
Homophobic Qatar Censors LGBTQ News and Makes Gay Athletes Afraid to Attend World Sporting Events

The Middle East country of Qatar has censored LGBTQ news stories and is making queer athletes question their safety as two world sporting events approach

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How the Middle East Moved From Tolerant of Homosexuality to a Battlefield of Anti-Gay Violence

Islamic culture once celebrated homosexuality as beautifully common, but a historian explains why the Middle East became so anti-gay (and how to fix it)

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World
Beirut Pride Canceled After Its Head Organizer Was Detained and Threatened by Police

Beirut Pride 2018 was planned to be a nine-day series of events in Lebanon’s capital but after organizer Hadi Damien was detained by police, it was canceled

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News
The ‘No Longer Alone’ Campaign Is Proof of Real LGBTQ Progress in North Africa and the Middle East

The campaign sends Arabic messages of encouragement to LGBTQ people in North Africa and the Middle East

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The Spectra Project Is Dedicated to Helping LGBT Refugees in Crisis

As part of our ongoing #DecriminalizeLGBT campaign, we’re highlighting the work of the Spectra Project and its Chairman of the board, Subhi Nahas.

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Tired of the Middle East’s War on LGBTQ People, This Group Is Fighting Back and Needs Your Help

We sat down with Georges Azzi, Executive Director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms, and talked about how his organization is helping #DecriminalizeLGBT

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Sports
This British Tennis Player Has Exposed His Country’s Special Olympics Ban on Trans Athletes

There is no official Special Olympics transgender ban, but Great Britain’s treatment of trans athletes negatively impacts tennis player Zachary Brookes

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