LIGHTS OUT

Egyptian LGBT Web Magazine “Ehna” Shutters, Leaving Community With Questions

Egypt’s nascent LGBT online magazine, Ehna—Arabic for “us”—has abruptly shut down production, raising concern that the Islamist Mursi government is cracking down on the nation’s gay community.

The site, whose staff and headquarters are unknown, covered everything from local celebrations and HIV/health issues to the Cairo 52 and the Tahir Square Revolution. According to Al-Arabiya, Ehna’s mission was “to become the voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) communities in Egypt… To defend their rights, tackle homophobia in the country and raise awareness on issues such as HIV, spotlighting celebrity members of the gay Egyptian community.”

A cryptic note appeared on the magazine’s Facebook page stating, “We have been forced to shut down the online magazine due to security reasons. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.” The Ehna WordPress account is listed as “no longer available.”