Libya is one of the most dangerous places on earth for a gay person. The country is an active war zone between Islamist coalitions (with several divisions) against the government coalitions–the Libyan National Army (land, sea and air forces) as well as other loose brigades. It is not incorrect to call Libya a multi-war zone between multiple armed forces.
Add to this that all these armed troops and vigilantes are Muslims, ranging from moderates to extremists. Bottom line is that no one tolerates homosexuals and there are reports of summary executions by al-Quaeda and their alignments as well as torture by intolerant government troops.
By Richard Ammon
A gay refugee Khaleed from Libya has said “the issue of the many armed militias is one of the most urgent facing Libya’s new provisional government… this is the ‘biggest issue facing us. The second is building civil society, law and order and stabilizing the economy’, which does not appear to be happening any time soon. Random, erratic justice is not a stabilized society.”
That was in 2012. Five years later the war goes on and life for gays is more hidden and dangerous. The quoted activist said then “there are disputes here between those who favor a secular and liberal Libya and Islamists and traditionalists” who favor Sharia law which means death to gays. “When there is talk about a secular and liberal democratic state in Libya the Islamists use fear tactics: ‘Oh look they want to allow gay marriage in Libya!’ This is a huge taboo in my country and I hope political debate becomes sensible and less homophobic.”
“There are absolutely no groups, organizations or even individuals in Libya that speak publicly about gay rights, the subject itself is a social and religious curse,’ Khaleed said. “We are not asking for the moon: all we want for now is respect of our privacy, and to have laws that do not incriminate us for our sexual orientation.”
Only a few reports have managed to come out of Libya regarding LGBT people: