A while back while traveling Central America, we wrote this piece about how it feels as a lesbian couple to jump back into the closet while traveling and this one on how we live a bit of a half-in, half-out lifestyle. Read on for one glimpse of what it is like on the road for gay travelers. Did you know that people are commonly arrested for being gay in Egypt?
I've never been to Egypt and I don't think I'll go soon because of the intolerance against gays, but I've found this tour yesterday hetravel. We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason. We went in Novthe year of the revolution.
I know a group of gay men that are interested in visiting Egyptbut they are concerned about their safety as openly gay. Does anyone have any experience with this, and is there anything to worry about? Some9one said it is "illegal" to be openly gay there.
The following is a sampling of our preferred properties in some of the locations visited on this tour and is meant to be indicative only. Hotel properties are not confirmed until days before trip date. You can click on the hotel photo to view the official hotel website if available.
The last time Egyptian engineering student Shady Ragab tried to visit his friend Andrew Medhat in prison, he was turned away. He wells up in tears as he relates the story. Ragab and Medhat had met at university a few years earlier, building enough trust along with two other friends to open up and discuss their homosexuality together.
The week before my wife and I were set to embark on our mission for The Travel ProjectEgypt was in the headlines for arresting more than 70 people at a concert for flying a pride flag. Egypt is far from alone in their anti-LGBT policies. This tour is filled with highlights every single day.
However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have warned travellers to the country that they may face difficulties for criticising the government, adding that comments on social media could result in a prison sentence. Egypt is an Islamic country and modest dress is expected, particularly in rural areas, mosques, souqs markets and during the holy month of Ramadan. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, so save any amour time for the privacy of your hotel room.
Explore the land of the Egyptians on this wonderful day trip. You will then fly to Luxor where we board our ship. The last two nights are spent back in Cairo in a luxury hotel. You will visit the Egyptian museum along with some iconic Pharaonic monuments.
Egypt is a conservative society that increasingly condemns homosexuality. Although homosexuality is technically not a crime in Egypt, homosexual acts in public are, and gay men have been prosecuted using debauchery and public morals laws with prison terms of up to 17 years. In late the Egyptian government launched a large crack-down on the LGBT community, arresting 57 people in a series of raids.
In this column, we will hear from voices in the LGBT community about their experiences on the road, safety tips, events, and overall advice for other LGBT travelers to get the most out of their time on the road! At last count, there are 77 countries where homosexuality is illegal, with death sentences possible in at least 12 of those. But there are such stories out there: a gay British tourist jailed in Moroccoa gay Swedish tourist jailed in Tunisiaa couple facing harassment in Dubaientrapment in Egypt …the list goes on. There are ethical and moral issues in play, as well as safety issues.