End Assault on Egypt’s LGBTQ Community

Target: Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

Goal: Denounce the Egyptian government for its imprisonment of and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Egypt, yet the LGBTQ community is continually persecuted in this country. A recent crackdown brought to light just how bad conditions are, with approximately 100 citizens unjustly jailed for actions as simple as waving the rainbow flag. This blatant discrimination should not be tolerated in a country America considers an ally.

Following a Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo last year and evidently using entrapment through social media apps, the Egyptian government cruelly rounded up many members of the LGBTQ community. Ahmed Alaa, who raised the rainbow flag at the concert for what was likely the first time in Cairo, was promptly arrested. According to NPR, Alaa was charged with “belonging to an illegal organization that aimed to disturb public peace, disseminating the group’s ideas, ‘inciting fornication and immorality’ and communicating and receiving funds from foreign entities.” His family was shunned, and he suffered in prison until being released on bail. He has now left his family and is seeking asylum in Canada. What is worse than his mistreatment and unjust imprisonment is that Alaa’s story is not unique. Up to 100 people are estimated to have been entrapped and imprisoned, facing up to six years for simply not aligning as straight.

In 2018, this type of mistreatment should not be happening. Lives are being destroyed and families ripped apart because of a stigmatized way of life that harms no one. Sign the petition to urge the U.S. government to call for tolerance and denounce Egypt’s mistreatment of its LGBTQ citizens.


Dear Secretary Pompeo,

The Egyptian LGBTQ community is being persecuted under our watch. While we consider Egypt an ally, its government is rounding up and wrongfully imprisoning its own citizens on the basis of their sexuality. Homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, yet we are sitting idly by while Egypt imprisons members of the LGBTQ community. It must stop.

The treatment of the LGBTQ community in Egypt is abominable. Attendees of a concert in Cairo last year were rounded up and arrested for “inciting fornication and immorality.”  They suffered ridicule and public stigma, not to mention wrongful imprisonment in some cases. And all just for their lifestyle. For waving a rainbow flag at a concert. For becoming entrapped by social media apps. We should be a leader in human rights, not an idle observer. We should and we must denounce this behavior in an ally and protect human rights around the globe.


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  1. gen agustsson says:

    lgbtq+ rights for the world

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