“Belief in God cannot be an excuse for oppressing and terrorizing citizens,” proclaims this video from LGBT Rights UAE, an advocacy group in the United Arab Emirates. Words to live by, indeed.
As rough as things are in pockets of the U.S., being gay in the UAE can mean hormone treatments, flogging and even imprisonment. LGBT Rights UAE seeks to change that, and debuted this simple but moving whiteboard-illustration to launch a conversation.
In an open letter, members demand the government adhere to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and details atrocities committed against Muslim country’s LGBT community, like the hormone injections and “psychological therapies” given to six men arrested at a gay wedding in 2006.
The also indicate the situation affects gay travelers to the country’s tourist attractions:
“On September 8th, 2008, two women were arrested for making out on a beach in Dubai. They were imprisoned for thirty days and then deported. In 2009, a homosexual couple from Toronto, Rocky Sharma and Stephen Macleod, were detained for their obvious homosexual tendencies and eventually arrested and held in separate prisons for thirty-nine days for possession of Celebrex, an over-the-counter medication. The real reason for their detainment was their apparent sexuality.”
Want to be part of the solution? Hit up LGBT Rights in the UAE on Facebook.