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In the Gaza Strip, Lesbianism is Legal, but Male homosexual relationships are not.
      made by palestine_yazan


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5 years ago #9599328        
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It's only "legal" in so far as that it is not forbidden by law the way male homosexuality is.
Is it acceptable? Hell no.
Women in general have very little rights, as per Islam.
And human rights under HAMAS rule...well, do we really need to go into it?
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/originals/2015/02/women-actresses-gaza-limitations-veil.html

Karen

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6 years ago #9492577        
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True:

/home/fdps/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2013.pdf

A number of states are like that, actually.

It's interesting reading the history of lesbianism in Europe - if you ever get a chance I recommend it. You can find examples of "love magic" all the way back in ancient Greece (a tradition imported from Egypt) of women trying to get other women to fall in love with them and the like. Throughout much of the medieval period up to the renaissance era lesbianism was usually seen in Europe as something either to titillate men with in lewd stories (my, how times change... or not), or from a perspective of, "Oh, those poor women, so starved for a man's touch that they have to turn to each other...". Even the word "lesbian" used in its modern context is much older than most people expect, at least back to the early 1800s, and quite possibly earlier.


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6 years ago #9493774        
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From my understanding in the Muslim world, the woman are for having children and the men are just for fun which seems quite odd compared to this.


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6 years ago #9493357        
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Until 2006 Hong Kong only has ages of consent for heterosexual or gay relationships, and no mention for lesbianism.

6 years ago #9493207        
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@palestine_yazan the laws of Palestine are weird because of a quirk of history. Israel denies Palestinians statehood, so Palestine doesn't have a working government to change old laws or make new laws. Palestine is left with the laws before 1967 when Israel drove Egypt and Jordan out and occupied. So on this topic, Gaza has the same amount of LGBT rights as in Egypt and the West Bank had the same amount of LGBT rights as in Jordan (Jordan recently passed laws recognizing gender transitions for transgendered people which means the West Bank will probably follow behind soon). Basically, Gaza supplements its lack of governance with taking notes from Egypt while the West Bank does the same by taking notes from Jordan.


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