Hussein Ayoub. Arabian Nights is sponsored by Al Gamea, a group formed in to address the growing needs of local gay Middle-Eastern Americans. In it became a non-profit organization founded by Christiano Ramazzotti who opened up his home to host gatherings and perform outreach. The goal was to find out where this community was hiding. The longtime activist and politician served as the first openly-gay mayor of Ferndale. Working in the LGBT community for many years, and also in the field of HIV education and prevention, Covey had made sustained efforts to reach and organize the gay Latino, Arabic, and Asian communities.
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Yasser, a year-old artist, was taking me on an impromptu tour of his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on a sweltering September afternoon. But Yasser wears a silver necklace, a silver bracelet, and a sparkly red stud in his left ear, and his hair is shaggy. Yasser is homosexual, or so we would describe him in the West, and the barbershop we visited caters to gay men. Business is brisk. Leaving the barbershop, we drove onto Tahlia Street, a broad avenue framed by palm trees, then went past a succession of sleek malls and slowed in front of a glass-and-steel shopping center.
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When the US supreme court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage last year, the White House welcomed it with rainbow-coloured lights and many people celebrated by adding a rainbow tint to their Facebook profile. For the authorities in Saudi Arabia, though, this was cause for alarm rather than celebration, alerting them to a previously unnoticed peril in their midst. The first casualty was the privately run Talaee Al-Noor school in Riyadh which happened to have a rooftop parapet painted with rainbow stripes. The case of the gaily painted school shows how progress in one part of the world can have adverse effects elsewhere and serves as a reminder that there are places where the connection between rainbows and LGBT rights is either new or yet to be discovered. In Afghanistan, only a few years ago, there was a craze for decorating cars with rainbow stickers — which Chinese factories were only too happy to supply.
Imam El-Farouk Khaki co-founded Toronto's first LGBTQ-friendly mosque, Unity Mosque , 10 years ago to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Muslims to attend prayers without having to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity for fear of discrimination. When I go to Unity Mosque, I am happy. While Khaki said Unity Mosque was one of the only explicitly LGBTQ-inclusive spaces he had heard of when it opened in , he noted things are starting to change.