Egyptian Hashtag Takes on Homophobia!

Published: March 31, 2013

A recent social media call to fight homophobia stirred a lively and heated discussion. In Egypt, it’s still taboo to have public debates on sexuality related topics, whether on or offline. Although homosexuality is not mentioned in Egypt’s penal code, state authorities have prosecuted gays using laws on prostitution and morality.

A Facebook event was created by Ramy Youssef in response to the increasing homophobic attacks on social media. According to him, a recent social media trend is “Crushes” pages, used by students to express their feelings towards others, witnessed some expressing their feelings for people of the same sex, resulting in numerous homophobic slurs.

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