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.



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Yemen - Sanaa city with mosque (photo credit: http://www.destination360.com/middle-east/yemen)
Yemen - Sanaa city with mosque (photo credit: http://www.destination360.com/middle-east/yemen)
Yemen - Huge nine-story structure of houses built atop rock
Yemen - Huge nine-story structure of houses built atop rock outcropping (photo credit: yemenonline.info)
Yemen - Enormous rock outcrop provides shelter and lookout for
Yemen - Enormous rock outcrop provides shelter and lookout for inhabitants. (photo credit: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/yemen-at-the-crossroads/)
Yemen - Thousands of protesters against the corrupt government 2011 (photo
Yemen - Thousands of protesters against the corrupt government 2011 (photo credit: guardian.co.uk)
Yemen - Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Taiz February
Yemen - Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Taiz February 2011. Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Ali Saleh held rival demonstrations in the capital Sanaa in a test of the veteran leader's 32-year rule. (photo credit Reuters/time.com
Yemen - Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Taiz February
Yemen - Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Taiz February 2011. Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Ali Saleh held rival demonstrations in the capital Sanaa in a test of the veteran leader's 32-year rule. (photo credit: blogs.sacbee.com)
Yemen - Armed tribesmen who allegedly support the government's fight
Yemen - Armed tribesmen who allegedly support the government's fight against Houthi rebels (photo credit: online.wsj.com)
Yemen - Injured fighters receiving care in makeshift center (photo credit:
Yemen - Injured fighters receiving care in makeshift center (photo credit: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/world/middleeast/19yemen.html)
Yemen - playful friends at the beach along the Red
Yemen - playful friends at the beach along the Red Sea; note very young boy lighting up cigarette. (photo credit: flickriver.com)
Yemen - Traditional architecture with kids playing (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307092)
Yemen - Traditional architecture with kids playing (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307092)
Yemen - Traditional coffee drink (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307223)
Yemen - Traditional coffee drink (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307223)
Yemen - Hajjara town built on a rock foundation with traditional
Yemen - Hajjara town built on a rock foundation with traditional architecture (photo credit: stevemccurry.wordpress.com)
Yemen - Terraced hillside farming in the highlands (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307090)
Yemen - Terraced hillside farming in the highlands (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307090)
Yemen - Architectural details near Talha mosque in Sanaa (photo
Yemen - Architectural details near Talha mosque in Sanaa (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307097)
Yemen - Unique rock and mud tower house; note two
Yemen - Unique rock and mud tower house; note two male friends holding hands. (photo credit: http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/307082)
Yemen - Amran town rocks walls and houses (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Amran town rocks walls and houses (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemeni kids; note boy on left is wearing a ceremonial
Yemeni kids; note boy on left is wearing a ceremonial knife. (photo credit: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/yemen-at-the-crossroads/)
Yemeni girl (photo credit: michelegrazia.it)
Yemeni girl (photo credit: michelegrazia.it)
Yemeni woman wearing full length burka (photo credit: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/yemen-at-the-crossroads/)
Yemeni woman wearing full length burka (photo credit: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/yemen-at-the-crossroads/)
Yemen - unusual photo, story not known; is it staged
Yemen - unusual photo, story not known; is it staged or real? (photo credit: thirteenthmonkey.blogspot.com)
Yemen architecture (photo credit: topics.nytimes.com)
Yemen architecture (photo credit: topics.nytimes.com)
Yemen - Colorful city at sunset (photo credit: travel.nationalgeographic.com)
Yemen - Colorful city at sunset (photo credit: travel.nationalgeographic.com)
Yemen - ancient trail and Shaharah Bridge (photo credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Yemen - ancient trail and Shaharah Bridge (photo credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Yemen - colorful city details and minarets (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - colorful city details and minarets (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Sanaa street and market (photo credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Yemen - Sanaa street and market (photo credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Yemen - Sanaa market (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Sanaa market (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Sanaa market (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Sanaa market (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - Sanaa market with knife (Janbiya) vendors; Janbiya is
Yemen - Sanaa market with knife (Janbiya) vendors; Janbiya is the Arabic term for dagger, but it is generally used to describe a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade that is worn on a belt. Although the term jambiya is also used in other Arab countries, it is mostly associated with people of Yemen. Men typically above the age of 14 wear it as an accessory to their clothing. (photo credit: jorgetutor.com)
Yemen - rock house (photo credit: un.int; Yemen UN Mission)
Yemen - rock house (photo credit: un.int; Yemen UN Mission)
Yemen's Galapagos; Socotra, an island off of the Arabian
Yemen's Galapagos; Socotra, an island off of the Arabian Peninsula (photo credit: wayfaring.info)
Yemen's Galapagos; Socotra, an island off of the Arabian
Yemen's Galapagos; Socotra, an island off of the Arabian Peninsula (photo credit: wayfaring.info)
Arab men friends often hang on each other. This is
Arab men friends often hang on each other. This is probably a posed photo of two gay men.(Not taken by GlobalGayz)