Western chain hotels are where gay travelers will want to stay in Cairo. See recommendations below. M ost likely you already know that homosexuality is unofficially illegal in Egypt. You've probably heard of the "Cairo 52" case from , when a group of 52 men were arrested at a gay party in the "Queen Boat" moored on the Nile. They were subjected to beatings in jail, and during their 5-month-long trials were vilified in the media, which reported their names and addresses.
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The prevailing public opposition to homosexuality is especially relevant to how the Egyptian legal system deals with sexual orientation. Egyptian law does not explicitly criminalize homosexuality or cross-dressing , but it does have several provisions that criminalize any behavior or the expression of any idea that is deemed to be immoral, scandalous or offensive to the teachings of a recognized religious leader. In light of public opinion, shaped by cultural and religious traditions, these public morality and public order -based laws have been used against LGBT people as well as anyone who supports these attitudes, though public opinion on transgender people have improved in recent years and is mostly positive and supportive ever since Egyptians started to have a better understanding of mental health and gender dysphoria. According to common interpretations of the Torah, Leviticus alludes to the practice that ancient Egypt permitted two women or two men to marry each other. Both men lived and served under pharaoh Niuserre during the 5th Dynasty c. In this mastaba, several paintings depict both men embracing each other and touching their faces nose-on-nose.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Beirut — Egyptian police and National Security Agency officers arbitrarily arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people and detain them in inhuman conditions, systematically subject them to ill-treatment including torture, and often incite fellow inmates to abuse them, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces routinely pick people off the streets based solely on their gender expression, entrap them through social networking sites and dating applications, and unlawfully search their phones. Prosecutors use this content to justify prolonged detentions as they rubber-stamp police reports and bring unjustified prosecutions against them.
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