Tunisia

After the Arab Spring, no bloom for Arab LGBT rights

Even as many Americans celebrate last week’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and Gay Pride parades sweep through cities across America, gay and lesbian Arabs are forced to live secret lives.

Bel Ami porn stars’ lawsuit against gay cruise line dismissed

A lawsuit by Bel Ami Online, a European company known in the gay community for its line of porn videos featuring extremely young actors, and RSVP, an American company specializing in all-gay charter cruises, is dismissed by a federal judge in Los Angeles.

Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalize gay sex

Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

Gay Tunisians speak out about fears on direction that country is headed

The socio-political upheaval Tunisia has undergone since the revolution has led many Tunisians to question their place within this new society – Tunisia’s often un undiscussed LGBT community is no exception to this uncertainty.

Gay sex video embroils Tunisia’s Interior Minister in scandal

Tunisia’s interior minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in controversy and scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him in gay sex while serving time in prison. This scandal has outraged and inflamed public opinion regarding homosexuality which was already jittery due to the electoral political tactics that used sexuality in order to discredit various opponents. Gay Middle East investigates.