Introduction: The following story was sent to GlobalGayz by a thoughtful and intelligent Yemeni gay man who was willing to share his observations and feelings about gay life in his country. Also see: Gay Life in Yemen By Ahmed “Most of the time, I can’t be myself or talk about myself to anyone.” This story is not a cheerful one for a gay person but the writer seems to be strong and wise and able to manage some satisfaction in his daily living, thanks in no small part to LGBT friends he has found online. His personal and cultural observations are valuable for others trying to understand gay life in Muslim-and-family-dominated Yemen. About Me, Ahmed I am a gay adult in 21st century Yemen: I am a Muslim who is homosexual. I’ve known that since I was 16 years old. I am not out, which means ISee the Full Version Here
Yemen, Middle East
Yemen is the only republic on the Arabian Peninsula. The legal system includes separate commercial courts and a Supreme Court based in Sana'a, the capital. Since the country is an Islamic state, the Islamic Law (Sharia) is the main source for laws. Indeed, many court cases are debated by the religious basis of the laws. For this reason, many judges are religious scholars as well as legal authorities. Homosexuality is illegal in Yemen in according to the country's Shari'ah legal system. Punishment ranges from flogging to death. Yemen is one of only seven countries to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex. Abuses run rampant, especially in the areas of women's rights, freedom of the press, torture and police brutality. Freedom of the speech, the press and religion are all restricted. Gay and lesbian websites are blocked by the government.
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Yemen, Middle East
Capital: San'a - Pop. 1748000
Area: 527968 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Religion: Muslim: Shi'a -Zaydi ; Sunni Shafa'i
Status of Homosexuality: Illegal
Telephone Country Code: 967
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Yemen has a land area of 555,000 square kilometers and a population of approximately 24 million (2010). Its capital and largest city is Sana’a. Yemen’s territory includes over 200 islands, the largest of which is Socotra, about 415 km to the south of mainland Yemen, off the coast of Somalia. It is the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a purely republican form of government. Homosexuality is illegal and the official laws are severe. But there is an underground LGBT community which keeps silent and hidden, especially since February and March 2011: an uprising against the government began, and clashes with police and pro-government supporters have steadily intensified. Many people have been killed in trying to oust President Saleh from his 32-year rule. Posted Laguna Beach, California, United States.See the Full Version Here
Introduction: It’s difficult to write an informed and useful report about something unseen and unheard. In Yemen, homosexuality is both because no one is willing to speak or write about it in public or in the media, despite the inevitable presence of a gay underground that is kept well hidden from the scrutiny of the morality thugs and violent authorities. Also see: A Gay Yemeni–One Man’s Story of Life and Destiny Photos, News & Reports for Gay Yemen Finding Gay Life is a Challenge In more than a decade of recording thousands of news and reports about LGBT life around the world, GlobalGayz has only found eight reports about homosexuality in Yemen. Five of these eight are responses (four against, one in favor) to the single issue of gay marriage. Two other stories tell about journalists being arrested for writing about homosexuality and a magazine being shut down forSee the Full Version Here