Egypt, Africa

Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 82 million live near the banks of the Nile River. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx. The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural nation of the Middle East. Homosexuality is barely acknowledged by the country's authorities. Homosexual acts are covered by general legislation governing public (Muslim & Christian) morality. In the 21st century, this legislation has been subject to stricter interpretation, and homosexual men live under continual threat of persecution and imprisonment. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality

 

 

Gay Egypt: President Al-Sisi is Worse For Gays Than Muslim Brotherhood

Daily Beast looks into the LGBT community since Egypt has been headed by its third president in three years, Abdel-Fattah Sisi’. His election did not bode well for Egypt’s already nervous gay citizens who suffered under previous anti-gay leaders. Sisi was Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, as well as Minister of Defence so it’s… Read more »

Freedom in Egypt–What it Means for Gays

By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 13, 2011 Well, after eighteen days of protest and demonstration to bring down a corrupt dictator and allow free and fair elections, what will this mean for the LGBT (gay) citizens who were certainly present in Tahrir Square? There was plenty of talk in the media about repression, corruption. imprisonment,… Read more »

  Egypt – Luxor: Ramesseum Temple

A huge temple built by Ramses II to honor himself. He ruled for 66 years from 1279-1213 BC (19th dynasty). The Ramesseum temple was intended to impress Ramses’ subjects but eventually fell into ruin . The major artifact here is a huge seated Ramses statue, but an earthquake toppled the colossus in centuries past (photos… Read more »

  Egypt – Luxor: Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is the location of some of the world’s greatest ancient artifacts: the tombs of the pharoahs who ruled the Egyptian Empire. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth… Read more »

  Egypt – Luxor Museum

Luxor Museum is located in the Egyptian city of Luxor (ancient Thebes). It stands on the corniche, overlooking the River Nile, in the central part of the city. Inaugurated in 1975, the museum prides itself on the quality of the pieces it has, the uncluttered way in which they are displayed, and the clear multilingual… Read more »

  Egypt – Karnak and Luxor Temples

The Karnak Temple Complex, (photos 1-38) universally known only as Karnak, describes a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is located 2.5km north of Luxor in Egypt. This was Ancient Egypt’s main place of worship of the Theban Triad with Amun as its head, in the monumental city of Thebes.… Read more »

Gay Egypt

Intro: A month in Egypt–up the Nile, north to Alexandria and west across to the oasis of Siwa–is hardly enough to see this ancient culture in all its beauty and despair. Gay and lesbian life shares little of the beauty and much of the despair Story and photos by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz Updated March 2012… Read more »

  Egypt – Aswan City

Random images from around Aswan City and on the Nile River Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan Governorate (pop.1.2 million) and the 3rd largest city in Egypt. It stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist… Read more »

Gay Egypt 2001–Modern Trouble in an Ancient Land

Three guest authors describe the complex coexistence of traditional homosexual behavior and today’s Egyptian Muslim culture–full of distressing political intrigue and intense personal desire. Recent arrests (2001) and subsequent harrassment by police have created a fearful milieu for gay Muslims in modern Egypt.

  Egypt – Aswan Dam, Philae, Museum

Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt (see Gallery), the capital of the Aswan Governorate (pop.1.2 million) and the 3rd largest city in Egypt. The stone quarries of ancient Egypt located here were celebrated for the granitic rock called Syenite that furnished the colossal statues, obelisks, and monolithal shrines that are found throughout… Read more »

  Egypt – Group Tour (1)

Egypt Group Tour, Gallery A – Luxor, El Gouna, Giza Pyramids/Sphynx and Cairo A group tour with the Dutch Djoser company traveled from Cairo to Abu Simbel in a two-week trip.  

  Egypt – Cairo: City (1)

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt; it is also Africa’s most populous city. It has a population of about 6.8 million people and Cairo’s metropolitan area has a population of about 17.3 million people. A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids to the great Cairo Museum.

  Egypt – Cairo: City (2)

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt; it is also Africa’s most populous city. It has a population of about 6.8 million people and Cairo’s metropolitan area has a population of about 17.3 million people. A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids to the great Cairo Museum.

  Egypt – Cairo: City (3)

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt; it is also Africa’s most populous city. It has a population of about 6.8 million people and Cairo’s metropolitan area has a population of about 17.3 million people. A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids to the great Cairo Museum.

  Egypt – Alexandria

Alexandria  was founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC. It was developed into a world class city by Ptolemy and his successors from 323-31 BC and included the greatest library of antiquity (now replaced by the stunning new Bibliotheca Alexandrina). The last Ptolemaic ruler was Cleopatra VII, who partnered wirh Julius Caesar and later… Read more »

  Egypt – Luxor City Scenes

Luxor is a city in Upper (southern) Egypt and the capital of Luxor Governorate. Its population numbers 376,022 (1999 survey), and its area is about 416 km2 [1]. As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world’s greatest open air museum". The ruins of the temple… Read more »

  Egypt – Group Tour (2)

A group tour with the Dutch Djoser company traveled from Cairo to Abu Simbel in a two-week trip.

  Egypt – Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself… Read more »

  Egypt – Siwa Oasis Village

Siwa Oasis town is isolated 350 miles west of Cairo and is home to the ancient Temple of Ammon (Amun) where Alexander the Great came in 331 BC to consult the oracle. The other main ruin, the 13c mud brick Shali fortress, is in the town center. Today the town (23,000 people) is a picturesque… Read more »