stepfeed - 4/16/2018 6:51:59 PM - GMT (+2 )
LGBTQI+ individuals in the Arab world have been facing oppression, harassment, societal judgment and a wide array of discriminatory laws for decades.
In many Arab countries, engaging in same-sex relationships can subject one to imprisonment. In more severe cases, they are faced with the death penalty.
Organizations, international and local, have been seeking change in the way such marginalized groups are treated.
Recently, Human Rights Watch - in collaboration with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) - released a video series titled "No Longer Alone" featuring the stories of 18 Arab activists and artists from 10 different countries in the MENA region.
Those who took part in the series include Hamed Sinno, lead singer of Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, Khaled Abdel Hadi, founder of the Jordan-based non-profit LGBTQI+ online magazine My Kali, alongside many others.
They describe their "journeys of self-acceptance" in the series, HRW said in a statement.
The main aim behind the videos is to "hear the voices of the LGBT community," said Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher at HRW, at a news conference in Beirut, in hopes of "sending a message that will reach the masses."
Since its founding in 2009, AFE aims to "encourage and support activists working for sexual and bodily rights and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa."