Egypt doesn’t have anti-gay laws, but is arresting music fans for raising the rainbow flag

At a sold out Cairo concert of indie rock Lebanese band MashrouLeila, a group of Egyptian fans raised rainbow flags in a celebratory gesture of awareness about the LGBT community’s plight.

Photos of young Egyptians showing solidarity with LGBT members were shared widely on social media. However, they quickly turned into a firestorm of homophobia and political commentary in a deeply conservative and religious society.

Seven fans were arrested overnight on charges of debauchery and...


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