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Intolerance [of LGBT individuals in Turkey] often manifests itself as discrimination, abuse, and brutal violence. “It’s not just about equality. We have to fight for our right to live,” says Hassan Metehan Ozkan, a founder of the solidarity group LISTAG, which supports families of LGTB individuals in Istanbul.Hate crimes against LGBT individuals are higher in Turkey than in any other member of the Council of Europe, advocacy groups say. Gay men and transgender women are at particular risk.
In the early 1980's, for example, 70 people were executed after they attempted to set up a lesbian and gay organization. Nearly 100 homosexuals were sentenced to death in 1992 following a raid on a private party.
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678 people killed because of their sexuality between 2004 and 2009.
At least 68 gay and transgendered men have been killed over the last four months, according to the London-based rights advocacy group Iraqi LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), bringing the total number of killings of Iraqis because of their sexuality to 678 since 2004.
At least 82 gay men have been killed in the first 7 Months of 2009.
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The killers aren't just executing their gay victims. They are "mutilating their bodies and torturing them," says fundamentalist Sunni cleric Sheik Mohammed al-Ghreri, who has criticized the violence.
Hili says the militias have come up with a particularly cruel way to inflict pain: sealing victims' anuses with glue, then force-feeding them laxatives. Hili says he has spoken to several victims who survived the ordeal.
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"It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up," he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed.
Hamizi, a computer science graduate, is at the cutting edge of a new wave of violence against gay men in Iraq. Made up of hardline extremists, Hamizi's group and others like it are believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 130 gay Iraqi men since the beginning of the year [8 months] alone.The deputy leader of the group, which is based in Baghdad, explained its campaign using a stream of homophobic invective. "Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practise such sexual depraved acts," he told the Observer. "We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's forgiveness before they are killed."
42 gays/lesbians killed in less than one month.
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Sources inside Iraq say this new surge of anti-gay violence has seen close to 40 people kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered.
IGLHCR say the Iraqi authorities have neither responded to this targeted violence nor have they publicly denounced it. It is widely believed that these atrocities are being committed by a group of the Shiite militia.
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Palestinian Authority area
According to some estimates, there are now 300 gay Palestinian men secretly living and working in Israel.Their willingness to live there - despite the risk of being detained and deported as a security threat - is due to Palestinian attitudes towards gay men, they claim.
The event was organised by the LambdaIstanbul association, which in January risked being shut down due to accusations of offense to "public morality".
There have been many assemblies, round table discussions and cultural events with a large number of participants - including the Turkish writer Elif Shakaf - to prepare for Gay Pride, the event which on Sunday will start at Taksim Square and end on the banks of the Bosporus via Beyoglu, long known as the centre of Istanbul night life - which many transsexuals have recently been forced to leave after raids carried out by the forces of order.Defending onés rights in a demonstration has become necessary, Ismail Alacaoglu, one of the leaders of the LGBT Kaos GL association, told ANSA: "violence targeting us is on the rise because our visibility has increased. We were expecting this and are afraid that it will continue, but the time has come for us to take to the streets, since we no longer want to hide."
But for activists her remarks only underscore what they say is increasing prejudice, discrimination and violence -- even from police -- against homosexuals and transgender people in this Muslim-majority country stuck between its conservative roots and flourishing modernism.
A total of 45 gays and transgender people were killed over three years in "hate murders", said Demet Demir, a transsexual and leading activist from Istanbul-LGBTT, a civic body promoting homosexual rights.
"In February alone, five people were killed. In Antalya (southern Turkey), a transsexual friend was brutally murdered; her throat was slit."In Istanbul, another was stabbed to death. Three young men... killed her for money, but she only had 70 liras (46 dollars, 34 euros) and a gold chain," Demir said, adding that three gay men had also been killed in Anatolia.
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Local gay rights associations say 16 people were murdered in Turkey last year over their perceived sexual orientation, and violence is routine. Transgender women, who often have no other option but to work as prostitutes, are particularly threatened.
A survey of 104 transgender women by Turkish gay rights group Lambda Istanbul found 89 percent said they had experienced physical violence during police detention.Amnesty said comments by government officials in Turkey, a majority Muslim country which aspires to join the European Union, had encouraged homophobia.
UK Muslims (in 2006) comprised just 2% of the population, but committed 25% of all anti-Homosexual crimes
The advert, placed in The Independent newspaper under the banner “in the name of the father” showed a Bible and a pool of blood.
It was a one-off, used to back up the GPA’s claim that the association had recorded a 74 percent increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator.
The association said the accompanying text made clear Christians were not the only group accused, in fact a quarter of the alleged incidents were provoked by Muslims, it said.
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With 47 homophobic attacks in Tower Hamlets over the last 12 months, one man called the Advertiser to say: “It’s time we stood up for ourselves. I’m fed up with people almost excusing this kind of violence.”
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According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that “Zionists” are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.
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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pilay condemned the country as recently as December 2011 and called on it to end the death penalty for homosexuality.
The vast majority of the world's Muslims are homophobic.
Pew survey finds seven of the ten countries that are least tolerant of homosexuality are Muslim majorities.
The countries that viewed homosexuality most positively were:
Spain (88% say it should be accepted by society) Germany (87%) Czech Republic (80%) Canada (80%) Australia (79%) France (77%) Britain (76%) Argentina (74%) Italy (74%) Philippines (73%)
The countries that viewed homosexuality least positively were:
Nigeria (1% say it should be accepted by society) Pakistan (2%) Tunisia (2%) Ghana (3%) Senegal (3%) Egypt (3%) Jordan (3%) Indonesia (3%) Uganda (4%)Palestinian territories (4%)
While Muslim countries were found to be overwhelmingly opposed to homosexuality, Indonesia was more resistant to same-sex relationships than both Malaysia and Pakistan — two countries that prohibit same-sex practices by law.
The survey conducted 1,000 face-to-face interviews with Indonesian adults, giving a margin for error of 4 percent, broadly in line with both surveys for Malaysia and Pakistan.
In addition, attitudes do not appear to be changing in the archipelago. Only 3 percent of Indonesians claimed to be supportive of gay rights in the last Pew survey in 2007.
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Younger generations were also “consistently more likely than older ones to say homosexuality should be accepted by society” even in countries that overall are more supportive of gays, Pew said.For example, 54 percent of all Japanese polled offered support. But 83 percent of those younger than 30 said they accepted gays compared to about 40 percent of those 50 and older. In the United States, 70 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds supported gays compared with 52 percent of those ages 50 and older. In Indonesia, the findings were less conclusive, with 4 percent of those under 30 supportive of gays, which was the case for only 2 percent of respondents aged 30-49.
Zero percent of UK Muslims think homosexuality is morally acceptable.
Gallup conducted telephone and face-to-face interviews with 500 Muslims in the UK, France and Germany.“The most dramatic contrast was found in attitudes towards homosexuality,” the study said. “None of the 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable.”
61 percent not only think it is morally wrong, but also think that it should be illegal (unlike other religious groups, it is the younger generation of UK Muslims that hold the more fundamentalist views).
In 2007, the think tank Policy Exchange published a detailed poll of Muslim opinion that covered most issues relevant to the position of the community in modern Britain.
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Not a single mosque in America accepts homosexuals
"That shows how much silence and fear there is regarding homosexuality in the Muslim community," Alam said.
Alam explained the current status of LGBT Muslims and their stance in the Muslim community, saying how there isn't a single mosque in the United States that openly accepts gay members.
Dane Peterson (senior-computer engineering) asked Alam how gay Muslims fulfill their need for religious community.After Alam answered the question Peterson said what he now understands is that Muslims do it outside the structure and make their own community.
Yet the presence of "daddy love" at No 4 in the [xxx] search chart belies the president's bombastic denial."Hotel businessman (gay)", "Iranian (gay)" and "shower (gay)" in the top 10 hint that Iran has more homosexuals in it than the president thinks.
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As of this writing, Pakistan is by volume the world leader for Google searches of the terms "shemale sex," "teen anal sex," and "man fucking man," according to Google Trends.
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- John Beck, "Turkey’s Violent Homophobia", The Daily Beast, July 1, 2013 (archived), http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/01/turkey-s-violent-homophobia.html.
- For a full list of member states of the Council of Europe, see: "Member states", Council of Europe, accessed January 8, 2014 (archived), http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/country-profiles;jsessionid=02DD102A100CB0C82866F2AF5D23087E.
- Barack Obama's transgender ex-nanny an outcast - Associated Press, March 5, 2012
- H. Tavakoli - New Dark Ages - The Iranian, September 20, 1999
- Ben Lando - Iraqi gay community a target - Iraq Oil Report, July 9, 2009
- Militias target some Iraqis for being gay - USA TODAY, July 28, 2009
- Afif Sarhan and Jason Burke - How Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays - The Observer, September 13, 2009
- Homophobic murders in Iraq - Workers' Liberty, March 5, 2012
- Dan Littauer - New wave of attacks on ‘gays and lesbians’ in Iraq - Gay Star News, March 6, 2012
- Karlos Zurutuza - In Iraq, Radical Muslim Militias Hunt Down And Kill Gays And Punks - Worldcrunch, April 3, 2012
- Mageswary Ramakrishnan - ‘Homosexuality is a Crime Worse Than Murder’ - TIME Magazine, September 26, 2000
- Ezra Levant - Gay-bashers thrive in modern-day Netherlands - The Toronto Sun, October 10, 2010
- Palestinian gays flee to Israel - BBC News, October 22, 2003
- Homosexuals in Turkey: istanbul week for gay rights - ANSAmed, June 24, 2009
- Nicolas Cheviron - Turkey's gays, transsexuals decry increasing homophobia - Agence France-Presse, April 3, 2010
- Alexandra Hudson - Amnesty International condemns Turkey over gay rights record - Al Arabiya News, June 22, 2011
- "Gay police group's "anti-Christian" ad rapped", Reuters, October 18, 2006 (Original URL|Charles Johnson's commentary|Full text)
- Gay fears rise after street gang’s murderous attack - EastLondonAdvertiser, September 4, 2008
- Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ - PinkNews, November 22, 2010
- Andrew Potts, "Al-Qaida linked militants kill another gay man in Yemen", Gay Star News, July 17, 2013 (archived), http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/al-qaida-linked-militants-kill-another-gay-man-yemen170713.
- Note that, according to Pew, unlike adherents of Christianity who are spread out among developed and undeveloped countries, only a tiny 3% of the world's Muslims live in "more-developed regions, such as Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan". Meaning, even though this survey does not cover Muslims in America or the western part of Europe, overall it remains a very accurate representation of what the worldwide Muslim population believes (give or take 3% at the most). Indeed, Pew refer to it as a "worldwide survey" of Muslim attitudes. Ref: "The Future of the Global Muslim Population", The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, January 27, 2011 (archived), http://www.pewforum.org/The-Future-of-the-Global-Muslim-Population.aspx.
- "The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society", Pew Research Center, p. 25, April 30, 2013 (archived), http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Muslim/worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-full-report.pdf.
- Indonesia Among World’s Least Accepting Countries of Homosexuality: Pew - Jakarta Globe, June 5, 2013
- "Pakistan among least tolerant of homosexuality globally: Survey", The Express Tribune, June 14, 2013 (archived), http://tribune.com.pk/story/563152/pakistan-among-least-tolerant-of-homosexuality-globally-survey/.
- Ruud Koopmans, "Fundamentalism and out-group hostility", WZB Mitteilungen, December 2013 (archived), http://www.wzb.eu/sites/default/files/u6/koopmans_englisch_ed.pdf.
- Riazat Butt - Muslims in Britain have zero tolerance of homosexuality, says poll - The Guardian, May 7, 2009
- The Gallup Coexist Index 2009: A Global Study of Interfaith Relations - Section 2: Public Perceptions Toward Integration, p. 31
- Denis MacEoin, David G. Green, "Sharia Law or 'One Law For All'?", Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society London, pp. 12-15, June, 2009 (archived), http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/ShariaLawOrOneLawForAll.pdf.
- Islamohomophobia - WoldNetDaily, October 2, 2002
- Ashley Gold - Man shares struggles as openly gay Muslim - The Daily Collegian, October 6, 2009
- Esra'a (Bahrain) - Most Arabic Yahoo groups are about sex - Mideast Youth, November 9, 2007
- Sumon Corraya, "Same-sex marriages in Bangladesh: two girls arrested, threatened with life imprisonment", Asia News, July 24, 2013 (archived), http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Same-sex-marriages-in-Bangladesh:-two-girls-arrested,-threatened-with-life-imprisonment-28560.html.
- Dominic Gover, "Web Porn Searches Mock Anti-Gay Laws in Muslim World and Africa", International Business Times, March 28, 2013 (archived), http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/451425/20130328/sex-porn-search.htm.
- Malaysian court rejects transsexual’s name change - Agence France-Presse, July 18, 2011
- Alex Park, "Why Is Gay Porn So Popular in Pakistan?", Mother Jones, June 13, 2013 (archived), http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2013/06/gay-porn-pakistan.
- Translated and transcribed from a clip posted on YouTube in December 2008. Originally aired on the Arabic-language satellite station 'al-Hurra', on the program 'Misawa' (English transcript)