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EGYPT

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Unclear
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

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Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are lesbian, gay, and trans student groups allowed in EGYPT?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

No (50%) Yes (0 %) Yes, but students don’t have them (0 %) No idea (50%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in EGYPT...
(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers on 23/05/2011 tagged with human rights, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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Confessions of a man who happens to be gay and Egyptian and a lot of other things.....
Shame
"Can you imagine being ashamed for more than 3/4 of your life? For me that would mean 25 years plus. And society, family and religious leaders instill that in you. "He should be ashamed of himself! Can you imagine how much his family is suffering?" These are some comments I would hear if an effeminate guy passed by. You see, effeminate man = gay man. You don't play sports? You don't like SOCCER?? Cars? Boxing?? Whats "wrong" with you?

I remember.... Summer of 1994, my family and I were on our way to the US via London. I was at WHSmith and I saw the section that had gay magazines. I would pretend to look at something else and glance at those magazines. As if I'm looking at something illegal, criminal almost. I don't know how I got the courage but I did. I walked directly towards "those" magazines, looking over my shoulder and to my side. Am I gonna get caught? Am I going to be publicly humiliated? Are my parents and/or sister going to catch me looking at "those" magazines? My heart was beating faster and faster the closer I got. When I was deciding which magazine to take, I was trembling, shaking from inside and out. I thought people could hear my heartbeat. OMG, everybody is going to think that I am gay! I quickly picked up a copy of the "Gay Times" and held it close to my chest (the cover facing me of course). Okay, now I have to go pay for it. Shit, oh, shit, oh shit!! I stood in line, looking all around me, holding the magazine tight. As I got closer to the clerk I started sweating - OMG, she's (cashier) going to know that I am gay! What if she laughs? What if she humiliates me? When it was my turn to pay, I quickly put the magazine on the counter face down - maybe that way she won't know what the magazine is. To my horror, she turned the magazine over in order to scan it. I think my heart was going to pop out of my chest. I couldn't look her in the eye, but when I glanced at her, she smiled and told me the price. I gave her the money, got my change and magazine. She said: "Have a nice day" and looked at the next person in line. OMG, she did not care. She did not care one bit. The person behind me didn't care either. Am I simply walking away? Walking away unscathed? As I took those first few steps outside the store, I took a deep breath and I felt my whole body ease up. OMG. I did it. I bought my first gay magazine. And I'm ok. Nobody is staring at me. WOW!

This is just one example of many.

However, I must say that now at this stage of my life looking back at that experience I am very proud of that 16 year old boy. I'm very proud of myself. I was terrified but I still went for it completely by myself. I wish I could pat that 16 year old boy on the back, I wish I could hug him and say its ok, heck its more than ok!

Shame eats you up inside. Its a horrible feeling. To be ashamed of who you are. No child should ever, ever grow up with shame.

I now am able to say shame on society, shame on religious figures for scarring children in that way."
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers on 23/05/2011 tagged with human rights, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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Confessions of a man who happens to be gay and Egyptian and a lot of other things.....
Shame
"Can you imagine being ashamed for more than 3/4 of your life? For me that would mean 25 years plus. And society, family and religious leaders instill that in you. "He should be ashamed of himself! Can you imagine how much his family is suffering?" These are some comments I would hear if an effeminate guy passed by. You see, effeminate man = gay man. You don't play sports? You don't like SOCCER?? Cars? Boxing?? Whats "wrong" with you?

I remember.... Summer of 1994, my family and I were on our way to the US via London. I was at WHSmith and I saw the section that had gay magazines. I would pretend to look at something else and glance at those magazines. As if I'm looking at something illegal, criminal almost. I don't know how I got the courage but I did. I walked directly towards "those" magazines, looking over my shoulder and to my side. Am I gonna get caught? Am I going to be publicly humiliated? Are my parents and/or sister going to catch me looking at "those" magazines? My heart was beating faster and faster the closer I got. When I was deciding which magazine to take, I was trembling, shaking from inside and out. I thought people could hear my heartbeat. OMG, everybody is going to think that I am gay! I quickly picked up a copy of the "Gay Times" and held it close to my chest (the cover facing me of course). Okay, now I have to go pay for it. Shit, oh, shit, oh shit!! I stood in line, looking all around me, holding the magazine tight. As I got closer to the clerk I started sweating - OMG, she's (cashier) going to know that I am gay! What if she laughs? What if she humiliates me? When it was my turn to pay, I quickly put the magazine on the counter face down - maybe that way she won't know what the magazine is. To my horror, she turned the magazine over in order to scan it. I think my heart was going to pop out of my chest. I couldn't look her in the eye, but when I glanced at her, she smiled and told me the price. I gave her the money, got my change and magazine. She said: "Have a nice day" and looked at the next person in line. OMG, she did not care. She did not care one bit. The person behind me didn't care either. Am I simply walking away? Walking away unscathed? As I took those first few steps outside the store, I took a deep breath and I felt my whole body ease up. OMG. I did it. I bought my first gay magazine. And I'm ok. Nobody is staring at me. WOW!

This is just one example of many.

However, I must say that now at this stage of my life looking back at that experience I am very proud of that 16 year old boy. I'm very proud of myself. I was terrified but I still went for it completely by myself. I wish I could pat that 16 year old boy on the back, I wish I could hug him and say its ok, heck its more than ok!

Shame eats you up inside. Its a horrible feeling. To be ashamed of who you are. No child should ever, ever grow up with shame.

I now am able to say shame on society, shame on religious figures for scarring children in that way."
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Abdul (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay readers on 26/05/2011 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships
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Hi there I usually don't respond to posts but as you till your story I reflect on my life thinking that how life is strange,because I know u I'm that same 12 yrs old kid or 16 yrs old confused kid and now in my 25th year and still faces the same society ,religion ,every thing I ran from.I feel you because I'm from close background and roots I'm from the medial east ,yet worst than Egypt .it's Saudi Arabia and for those who don't know it ..it's the most homophobic place on earth yet surrounded with men all the time.how weird is that any way just want to till you thank you for your article and that you captured some of my true feeling and pain and shame.
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