IDAHOT Report 2014: Egypt

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Egyptian activists marked May 17, 2014, with the “Everyone is Different” online campaign, as well as a day of action to support trans communities, sport activities, theatre plays, media productions, videos, articles and radio episodes about homophobia.

The campaign “Everyone is Different” started on May 11 and included a series of events until May 17.
The organizers started the week of events on May 11, the Egyptian Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. This day is highly symbolic because it marks the case of the Cairo 52 – a group of gay men who were arrested in 2001, after attending the Queen Boat nightclub. This year marked the 3rd year in which the EDAHOT was commemorated in the country, serving to remind people of the persecution LGBTI communities face in the region, historically and today.

Everyone is Different Campaign – E/IDAHOT 2014

The week of events also included several sessions and seminars in two major cities. These actions addressed topics including of the role of media in perpetuating homophobia and transphobia, and the persecution of LGBTI communities and other minorities.
A day of activities to support trans* communities, sport activities, a theater play, media production videos, articles and a radio episode about homophobia also marked the EDAHOT – IDAHOT 2014 period in Egypt this year.
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