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Learning About Gay Egypt

The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations happening in the Arab world that began on Saturday December 18th, 2010.

 

Numerous factors have led to the protests, including government corruption, extreme poverty, unemployment, and human rights violations. There is one human right that continues to be ignored, and that is homosexuality.

 

Homosexuality in the Arab world remains a taboo. We need to break this taboo

Gay Egypt

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender rights are not recognized by political parties, the opposition movements, or the general public in Egypt.
Homosexuality and cross dressing are severely disgraced in Egyptian society.

 

In the 21st century the government began using laws designed to protect traditional islamic values, “public morality” and order against homosexual men.

 

In 2000 Egyptian police arrested and charged a gay couple with violation of honour by threat, and practicing immoral and indecent behaviour.

 

Their lawyer asked that the charges be dropped because homosexuality is not a crime, but the judge refused on the grounds that the two men had offended religious and moral standards.

 

The incident became a media sensation, promoting various public figures to view homosexuality as a product of western decadence, and demand that the government execute homosexuals or send them to mental institutions to be reformed.

 

Now we all know that evolution is a slow process, but execution? And I understand Egypt is a muslim country, and they have their own laws and morals, but execution? We must stop murdering people for any reason.

 

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There is no organization that exists in Egypt to attempt to improve the legal or social position of LGBT people in Egypt.

 

Most LGBT Egyptians and expats feel they need to live in the closet for fear of social hostility and police brutality.

 

Governments have NO right to control the people.

 

So what is this all about?

 

We just want people to be happy, and FREE to live their lives. We get so sad hearing about injustices and basic human rights being violated daily.

 

There seem to be millions of people that are just so apathetic to everything, it would be nice if everyone fought for a cause, but people have their own lives to worry about.

 

THIS is why we travel. To find the lost connection to other people. To feel compassion and love for others, for strangers, and to want to help and improve other peoples lives. To give of ourselves.

 

Gay Egypt

 

I have recently befriended an 18 year old homosexual Egyptian male, through none other then Facebook.

 

I think it’s safe to call him Muhammed. We speak about Egypt and the revolution, and how he loves his country but thinks the government is backwards.

 

He cannot live his authentic life because he cannot be himself. I ask him if anyone knows that he is gay, and he tells me “of course not, this is Egypt”. He also tells me he has a boyfriend that he thinks really loves him and wants him, but this boyfriend doesn’t even know that he is gay.

 

This confuses me a bit. He can’t even tell his “boyfriend” that he is gay. He is so fearful of any kind of meeting with another man because he knows what the consequences are if he gets caught by the police.

 

Muhammed tells me that he so badly wants to move to Spain because they have legalized same sex marriage.

 

He asks me: “What should I do? Should I move to Spain, or wait until Egypt has gay rights?” I tell him that I think it will be a long time before Egypt decriminalizes any kind of homosexual behaviour.

 

He feels trapped. And this makes me very sad.

 

He is an 18 year old kid who should be enjoying his teenage years with friends, and not worrying about what will happen if someone witnesses him expressing love to someone of the same sex.

 

We have gay and lesbian friends here in Canada that still don’t feel safe walking down the street holding hands and expressing their love for each other.
They feel they need to hide to keep safe. There is something wrong with that. Homosexuality has been observed in close to1500 species, ranging from primates to gut worms.

 

Homophobia has been observed in only one species. All we ask of people is to open up just a little. Question things.

 

Stop hating. It is poison.

 

When everything is stripped away; race, religion, class, gender, sexual preference, fear, ego, we are all the same.

 

It may be difficult to see through all of our layers, and walls, but trust that we all want to love and be loved.

 

We all want to be happy, and experience peace of mind.
Gay Egypt

 

There is not a lot I can do for my friend Muhammed in terms of changing the Egyptian governments mind about homosexuality, but I can be his friend, show him love, and listen to what he has to say, because he matters.

 

And that goes for every single other person on this planet.
Comments To This Entry.
  1. I wrote a post about what was happening in Croatia some time ago http://www.skinnychicktravelling.com/gay-is-okay-or-not/ It makes me so sad also that I feel we humans just try to find new reasons to hate each other instead of just trying to live in peace and love.

    • Giselle and Cody November 2, 2014 Reply

      Pam, it is very difficult to hear these stories of struggle and pain. These sort of things should not be happening. You’re absolutely right about people finding new ways to hate others. When something is deemed “different” it makes people feel uncomfortable, and it is easier in their eyes to hate it rather then accept it and understand it. Hopefully one day we will move past all this.

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