In this article, the writer speaks of suppression by the police, arrests of gays in Syria that were simply to "keep the gays in their place. LGBT people and activists in Lebanon also face obstacles to freedom of association. Queer in the Land of Sodom. Despite Lebanon's relatively liberal outlook on social issues, there remains restrictions on gay rights. Egypt cracks down on homosexuals: Nor do they want their real names to be known.
Fear to come out, scared of public censure and isolation from friends, parents and the state is common among the gay people.
As recent incidents in Iraq show, in many Islamic countries, gays are ostracized, persecuted, even murdered - Der Spiegel: Date of publication: Levels are not that high:
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