Gay Dating Apps Are Protecting Users Amid Egypt’s LGBTQ Crackdown

Gay Dating Apps Are Protecting Users Amid Egypt’s LGBTQ Crackdown

Imagine meeting someone on a gay dating app like Grindr or Scruff. He suggests a nearby, popular cafe, but when you arrive, police officers swoop in and arrest you. As it turns out, your beau was an undercover officer; you’re told that you’re being charged with “debauchery,” and your conversations and photos will be used as evidence against you in trial. You could end up spending six months to six years in jail, where you may be subject to torture.

And in the days following, seven alleged LGBTQ people were arrested and charged with promoting sexual deviancy

This isn’t some Orwellian hypothetical; it’s a serious reality for queer people in Egypt, and one that seems to be getting worse. (more…)

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