New Documentary Highlights Stories of LGBT Community In Middle East and North African

LGBT rights activists from across the Middle East and North Africa bring you on a journey of self-discovery, solidarity and strength.

The series, which documents the lives of LGBT+ people across the likes of Lebanon, Sudan, Egypt and Jordan offers a snapshot of what it’s like to be queer in the countries. 

In the Middle East alone, homosexuality is illegal in 10 of the 18 countries that make up the region, and is punishable by death in six of those nations.

“Walking down the street, people would laugh at me,” says Rashed from Jordan in the video created by Human Rights Watch.

“I went to a religious healer. Sometimes he hit me, and it used to hurt a lot… he would hit me all night but nothing would change,” said Rayan, who is from Algeria.

The people featured in the series are all now LGBT+ activists.
 
They hope that by highlighting their presence they will help other queer people in their nations feel less alone.

Watch the video below.