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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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