On March 1, 2017 Egyptian Streets reported: Calling the country the biggest jailer of gay men, Egypt landed in the Guardian’s list of “the most difficult places in the world to be gay or transgender”, published on Wednesday.
The New York Times estimated at least 250 LGBT people have been arrested since 2013 while LGBT blog 76 crimes estimates that that number could be closer to 500, the Guardian said.
Egypt does not clearly ban homosexuality. However, Article 9 of the 1961 Anti-Prostitution Law punishes those guilty of “inciting debauchery and immorality” by imprisonment for a period ranging from three to five years.
In recent years, Egypt has cracked down on homosexual activity, including arrests and charges for ‘Egypt’s First Gay Wedding Video’ that appeared to show men getting married on a boat in the Nile. An Egyptian doctor was sentenced to one year in prison after being accused of ‘practicing homosexual activity. One of the most famous incidents was when a television show host aired a segment accusing 26 men of homosexuality in a Cairo bathhouse . The men were tried, and later acquitted.