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Everything you need to know about being gay in Muslim countries

The official fiction, <b>Brian Whitaker</b> explains, is that gay people don’t exist in the Middle East. They do – and for many of them, the attitudes of family and society are a much bigger problem than the fear of being persecuted<p>When the US supreme court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage last year, …

Why the Orlando shooter fired

Investigators probing the killer behind the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, are finding evidence of an angry young man likely conflicted about his …

Donors raising money for the Orlando shooting victims just broke a major record

The attack, carried out at Pulse, an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub early Sunday morning, left 50 dead, including gunman Omar Mateen. Dozens more, wounded in the assault, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.<p>While the event will leave a mark on the LGBTQ community, Orlando, and the …

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Lebanese alt-rock band confronts post-Orlando divisions during U.S. tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Accustomed to generating controversy in their native Middle East with lyrics tackling love, sex and political apathy, members of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou’ Leila thought a summer U.S. tour would bring them a welcome respite.<p>Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila with the band's …

Islam does have a problem with homosexuality. But so do western conservatives

Omar Mateen – who shot dead 50 people in an Orlando gay club – was both an Islamist terrorist and a violent homophobe.<p>These things are not mutually exclusive. They are concomitant. Mateen attacked the West in general but targeted gay people in particular. Inevitably some people say Islam is …

'There is a Pulse around every corner': why gay clubs matter

Local gay clubs were supposed to be safe spaces where lives were transformed. They were never meant to be newsworthy. The Orlando shooting changed that. Plus: how gay disco shaped pop<p>The first time I went to a gay club, a stranger looked over his shoulder and said: “Aren’t you hot in that?” It was …