GLBT Resources in the
Below are a few
books and websites which provide some general resources to students on life for
GLBT people in the
Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History,
and Literature. Stephen O. Murray and
Will Roscoe (Editors).
Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil
of Silence on the Islamic World. Jan
Sex Longing & Not Belonging: A Gay
Muslim's Quest for Love & Meaning.
Bedruddin Khan. Floating Lotus
Sexuality and Eroticism among Males in
Muslim Society. Schmitt, Arno and
Sofer, Jehoeda, eds. NY:
Sexuality in Islam. Abdulwahab Bouhdigba, Alan Sheridan (Translator). 1998
Al-Fatiha Foundation is dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, those exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their allies, families and friends. Al-Fatiha promotes the progressive Islamic notions of peace, equality and justice. We envision a world that is free from prejudice, injustice and discrimination, where all people are fully embraced and accepted into their faith, their families and their communities.
The Gay Lesbian Arabic Society
Established in 1988, this site “serves as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries. They aim to promote positive images of Gays and Lesbians in Arab communities worldwide, in addition to combating negative portrayals of Arabs within the Gay and Lesbian community. They also provide a support network for our members while fighting for our human rights wherever they are oppressed. They are part of the global Gay and Lesbian movement seeking an end to injustice and discrimination based on sexual orientation.” http://www.glas.org/
The International Lesbian and Gay Association
This website has the most comprehensive data on laws effecting lesbian and gays around the world. See their link off the main page for the ILGA World Legal Survey.
There has been a lot of press about arrests of gay men and imprisonment of Egyptian gays. Below are a sampling of articles and websites on the latest information.
Buried Alive in
Gay Egypt in the Dock: The Big Crackdown Might Reflect Cairo’s Own Insecurities, by Joshua Hammer. This article appeared in Newsweek International and can be found at: http://www.sodomylaws.org/world/egypt/egnews80.htm
site on Egyptian gay issues, based in
Global Gayz…Gay Egypt
site has links to several countries in the
is a group established in 1991 in
Lesbiot: Israeli Lesbians Talk about
Sexuality, Feminism, Judaism and Their Lives. Moore,
The Jerusalem LGB Open
has a good website, though it has not been updated since the summer of 2002.
Many links to other organizations around
The Other 10% - GLBT student group at
“The Agudah”: the association of gay
men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender in
Claf: Community of Feminist Lesbians
website has a section of news from
speaking with those familiar with the
LEGAL - Lebanese Equality for Gays and Lesbians Institute
A bit outdated (last updated in August 2002), this website offers good links to Arab and Lebanese gay sites. http://www.legal.20m.com. The aim of LEGAL is to work for the legal, social, and cultural equality of the Lebanese GLBT community while providing support and social interaction to the groups members.
commercial site offers some information on gay life in
No resources that we know of but there may be websites/others of which we are unaware. There used to be a coffee shop hangout with an international/local crowd but it has changed management and no longer serves this secondary function. There used to be some gay travel websites that reported on things like that but I don't know where to access them.
is safer (physically, socially, etc.) for gay/lesbian students not to share
their orientation with others in Jordan, especially other men. All students
applying for residency in
Practicing homosexuality is forbidden by Islam. Legally, it can also be grounds for jail. The culture remains strongly patriarchal with all of that that implies--the importance of keeping male and female roles different/separate, the dominant male ideal, etc. Despite the anecdotal stories re: more experimentation with sex between young Arab men in some countries because women are off limits before marriage, homosexuality is rarely openly admitted or discussed within families or among friends; same for lesbians. This is true even when it may be "obvious" or even known that a person has this orientation, it isn't something addressed openly with non-gay circles.
There are no known websites or printed publications that we found in English. Resident directors who we contacted did not know of any available online resources. Students are encouraged to speak with their programs should they have questions about sexual orientation in this Muslim country.
LEGATO, named after the Turkish acronym for Lezbiyen Gay Topluluğu, is a Lesbian and Gay Association that aims to connect and bring together homosexual Turkish college students.
GL is a group founded in September 1994 with the purpose of bringing