Noticing that Roman hesitated shyly, she pulled out of the vase and flowers by cutting the stalks, handed him a bouquet. Egyptian journalist Mouna el-Iraqi brought a film crew and police into a Turkish bath in the heart of Cairo.
A police officer acted as an agent provocateur, talking him up on a sex chat site. While many countries clamp down on prostitution, Egypt doesn’t only crack down on sex for sale but on anyone whose sexual practices are not heterosexual.Anyone in the LGBT community is simply not safe in Egypt, according to Reda Eldanbouki, who heads the non-profit Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness.“Because of their tendency or biological appearances, they feel they can’t move freely,” Eldanbouki told .“They can’t visit Internet cafes, meet with friends, walk the streets or use public transportation.They are sexually harassed too.” The police routinely use the Internet to locate and arrest members of the LGBT community, Eldanbouki charged. Many young men and boys who wear earrings or flamboyant clothing or who are deemed by society to be effeminate also face attack.
Egyptian journalist Mouna el-Iraqi made the headlines a year ago when she wrote about and filmed a was used by gays for sexual liaisons.Along with her crew, she brought police officers who arrested 21 young men at the bath and brought to trial.Initially, the court forced one man to break off his engagement to a woman and another to divorce his two wives.Later, the court ruled the men were merely showering.(To Egypt’s credit, el-Iraqi was subsequently found guilty of filming someone without their consent and was sentenced to six months in jail.) The extent of Egypt’s opposition to non-heterosexuals was brought into sharp relief in the United Nations on several occasions. “Egyptian society suffers from discrimination in general, but gays are always harassed,” noted Eldanbouki.Cairo led a bloc of nations that objected in June to 11 gay and transgender organizations from officially attending a high-level U. The LGBT community desperately needs secure Internet surfing, medical and psychological help, sex education and legal support, according to Eldanbouki.