About two years ago I switched to cocaine because I could work the next day. Jeremy is telling me this from a hospital bed, six stories above Seattle. Jeremy is not the friend I was expecting to have this conversation with. Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea he used anything heavier than martinis. He is trim, intelligent, gluten-free, the kind of guy who wears a work shirt no matter what day of the week it is. The first time we met, three years ago, he asked me if I knew a good place to do CrossFit.
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Lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender citizens generally have limited or highly restrictive rights in most parts of the Middle East , and are open to hostility in others. Sex between men is illegal in 10 of the 18 countries that make up the region. It is punishable by death in six of these 18 countries. The rights and freedoms of LGBT citizens are strongly influenced by the prevailing cultural traditions and religious mores of people living in the region — particularly Islam.
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He didn't expect it to turn into a nightmare. We met on Grindr, exchanged numbers, photos and quickly moved to WhatsApp," Apoorv said. Two more men joined them and he was forcibly taken to an unknown location where he was raped and robbed. Apoorv was suicidal for many months that followed.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. Rima and Ahmed are not alone. Despite state-sponsored repression and social stigma, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in the Middle East and North Africa are finding ways to speak out.