Twenty-one of them were sentenced to three years in jail in a trial which marred Egypt’s rights records for more than a decade.
Men were being randomly picked off the street by police, officers were infiltrating gay associations, there were vice patrols raiding venues every week.
(These parties, he says, are the only way the community can now safely meet.) “The government is trying to arrest our people to prove to the public that even though the Islamists are out of power, the new regime is not letting go of public morals, it is not less Islamic.”When Adam, 25, was swept up in a raid on a downtown Turkish bath last November, he experienced another indignity.
Over the past six months many of the venues deemed sympathetic to LGBT gatherings have been shut down.The trial will take place in April, but the damage is already done.Adam’s reputation, and his chances of living a normal and happy life, can’t be salvaged.Grindr, a gay hook-up app, and TSDating.com, a trans dating site, had become popular and safe spots for Egyptians to connect as pressure was put on the street.But last September, the authorities stepped up their online surveillance capabilities.