EGYPT: Police Arrest Seven For Waving Rainbow Flag At Concert By Lebanese Band With Gay Singer [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

Egyptian authorities arrested seven people Monday who they accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert, filing charges even though there is no law officially banning the practice.

The flag was a rare sign of support for highly marginalized homosexuals in this conservative country and it came at a Cairo performance Friday by popular Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, a jazzy, electro-Arabesque group whose lead singer is openly gay.

The seven arrested Monday have been charged with “inciting immorality,” security officials said, adding that the Supreme State Security Prosecution acted after authorities discovered the seven had “raised the flag of homosexuals.” The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.

Egypt’s musicians union says the band will be banned from future performances. The incident has reportedly gone wildly viral on Egyptian social media.

Below is a local news report in Arabic. The other clips are recent releases by the band and a concert performed for NPR last year. Last year the Los Angeles Times published an interesting interview with the band.

  • Mikey

    Don’t care for the music itself, it’s simply not my thing, but DAMN those boys are hot!!!
    I hope things work out for them.

  • crewman

    Religion is poison.

    • JT

      Especially when used for their own ends by the fascists.

    • FAEN

      Specially since most people who follow it refuse to understand you don’t take it literally and in addition they refuse to let it evolve.

      • vorpal 😼

        …and they feel the need to make everyone else around them take it literally and live by it. Ugh.

        • FAEN

          Hey Sweet Vorpal! Good to see you. I’ll email you in a bit 😊😉.

          • vorpal 😼

            =happy bounces=
            I think I owe you an email, too!
            We can synchronized-email!

          • FAEN

            No worries V. Take your time 😊.

        • (((GC)))

          “Religion is like a penis.

          It’s fine to have one.
          It’s fine to be proud of it.

          But please don’t wave it around in public. And DO NOT try to shove it down my children’s throats.”

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The religious powers too often collude with fascistic powers that be. Look at Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church and our own problems of fundajelicals & the GOP.

      • zhera

        I’d go as far as saying that all institutional religion IS fascism, on some level. Non-realistic rules for the people, insane rituals made to indoctrinate, skeptics ousted/not allowed, figures of authority protected even when raping children, etc etc.

        • ben-andy

          That’s because both ideologies have the same objective in mind: controlling people and enforcing “right belief”.

          Marx wasn’t right about everything, but religion being the opiate of the masses was spot on.

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      • Goodboy

        Yep. Look at yesterdays news of Bannon colluding with the FRC. Traitorous scum. The ROC is pure evil. They’ll collude with anyone to advance their own power.

        • Phil2u

          Let’s hope this has the consequences it deserves.

    • TrueWords

      Religion always has been about them and the other people…NEVER about UNITY

    • Tom Furgas

      Check out the video on You Tube “The REAL Truth About Religion And It’s Origins”.

  • WitlessProtection

    Allah: What an asshole.

    • FAEN

      Hmm-meaning?

      • WitlessProtection

        Meaning all religions are focused on a deity that is a real jerk, also meaning we create our gods in our own image.

  • JoeMyGod

    From Wikipedia: “Lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay and advocates for LGBT rights in the Middle East and around the world. He is also married to Aly Galal.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a4962304c9b7c5db77f8fc00d5acf74ee7bbe2a6ffd86df1e8e6badb6afd78e.jpg

    • Tawdry D’Tails

      DAMN!
      He’s hot.

      • Todd20036

        Middle Eastern men tend to be.

        • FAEN

          Know any I can borrow for a bit?

        • Rick Zajac

          I’ve lived in and around Dearborn, MI, most of my life and we have a huge Middle Eastern population here. I’ll walk in a gas station and take one look at the clerk and think, “You could be modeling!” smoking hot men.

    • Mikey

      upvote for being openly gay…
      downvote for not being single and available right now.
      I’m jelly.

      • Todd20036

        You realize that in the gay world, you can be both married and available at the same time.
        Just saying.

        • Silver Badger

          Not a good way to have a long happy marriage. If my man were cheating on me, he would be out the door and on the way to the divorce courts.

          • FAEN

            However I would say there are more gay couples that are open about an agreement a la Dan Savage. He insists their sexual connection has continually been intense because of it. Then again, to each his own.

          • Are there more open relationships among gay vs straight couples? or are gay people just less likely to lie about their arrangement?

          • FAEN

            Probably a bit of both?

          • Rambie

            Perhaps it’s gay couples are more honest between themselves and discuss it before “cheating”

          • Silver Badger

            Yes. To each his own. This is a topic which needs total agreement between partners. It has been my observation that in an open relationship, one partner fucks around and one doesn’t. I have also observed that such relationships don’t last very long. As we are dealing with people, there are always exceptions to any theory.

          • *cough*The Clintons*cough*

            I think all arrangements: open, monogamish, exclusive, etc. are fine so long as everyone is getting what they want. Some people are just going to mess around sometimes and they should find partners (if they want one) who is okay with that (usually someone who also wants some extracurricular activities). The problem is that monogamy is assumed but not all that commonly practiced.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Do open relationships end less often? I think the problem is that monogamy is assumed but not examined until after it’s discovered to have been an assumption.

          • (((GC)))

            I’d like to think there’s less acrimony when open relationships end, more “it’s been a good run”. Don’t know one way or the other.

            On a musical note, I actually learned about this song from my boyfriend’s girlfriend: (she and I became sweeties as well)

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs7E8HSgQy4

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Ha ha I like it

          • vorpal 😼

            Hmmm.. interesting that that’s your observation. Almost all of the long-term gay couples I know are open to some degree or another.

            I think one partner tends to fuck around more than the other, but in most of the situations I’ve seen, they both do to an extent.

          • Silver Badger

            I can only react from observation. I have always made it clear that monogamy is a required.

          • FAEN

            As I said earlier to each his own but if one partner is more sexual and the other isn’t interested it causes an issue.

            I speak from experience.

          • vorpal 😼

            That was our issue. Especially with both of us having autoimmune diseases, there are times where one of us is just not well enough to feel sexual, and particularly for me, those times can go on for months, if not a couple years.

            Expecting the other partner to simply sacrifice sexual satisfaction during that time doesn’t seem very fair. In fact, expecting one person to satisfy so many of your needs – as many couples do – seems like a bad idea to me.

            Years after my Crohn’s bout from 2007 – 2010 where I think we had sex maybe three times and I was still insistent on monogamy, I still saw the negative effects that that had on my husband and how he had to “shut himself off” sexually.

          • (((GC)))

            One of my sweeties recalls a quip that “some people like poly because they get to have more sex. Some people like poly because they get to have less sex.”

          • FAEN

            Yes! That’s so well said.

          • gaycuckhubby

            I kind of have best of both worlds. For some reason, monogamy is very important to me as a personal value/virtue. It isn’t for my husband. I’ve eroticised it and folded it into my kink.

            I haven’t been with another guy since my first date with my now husband. But I love celebrating my husbands (more advanced) sexuality.

            Like you said, to each his own

          • FAEN

            It depends on the couple and how secure they feel with each other and how able they are to compartmentalize.

          • vorpal 😼

            Agreed. When we opened things up a bit, it was a weird adjustment for us at first, and there were challenges for certain.

            We’ve mostly moved past that, and now the benefits have generally outweighed the challenges.

            It also just makes us more sexual, as I think I’ve mentioned to you in our email chats (but posting publicly here): not having the restriction of monogamy hanging overhead has liberated us and helped us be much more sexual together than we were before. Now it’s uncommon for us to have sex many times in a week together, whereas before we opened things up, if we had sex together four times in a year, it was a good year.

          • CanuckDon

            It’s the unfortunate reason I now stay single. In my younger years, I wanted the blissful, monogamous relationship that would last forever. I wasn’t at all promiscuous and instead, I was convinced that love and romance would guide the way. I soon learned that monogamy wasn’t a given with whoever you partnered up with plus I certainly learned of my own personal insecurities around all of that.

            Being more promiscuous these past few years (safely) and understanding the pleasures of all that, I wouldn’t want to demand monogamy from any future Mr. Right but at the same time, scared that those old insecurities of mine would creep back in again. And I don’t like myself when I’m that way. The PSB’s said it best…”jealousy… I never knew til I met you”.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chq885RKXAI

          • Rambie

            It depends on the couple, my man and I have always been open in our relationship. I’ve also been in monogamous ones before too, so it’s –as stated– up to the couple to discuss it and come to an agreement.

          • GayOldLady

            Ditto

          • vorpal 😼

            As others have pointed out, there is cheating, and there are relationships that are open to one degree or another.

            One of the nice things about being gay is that many of us recognize that men and sexual monogamy are often not naturally compatible and have to be forced, so we can be honest about it together and decide in light of that how we want our relationship to function.

          • Silver Badger

            To each his own.

          • zhera

            I’m wondering if children/lack of children play a part in this. Will there be less open relationships between gays as more and more are having children?

            It’s a very interesting subject. Traditionally the idea is that men are cheaters and have a biologically need to ‘spread their seeds’, while women need a partner that will stick by them to raise the children.

            Gay men who for ages have not been able to marry, and not having children as easily as others, are they thinking about monogamy differently because of testosterone or because of socially forced differences?

          • vorpal 😼

            Good point. I’ve wondered the same thing. I still know very few same-sex couples with kids, and the ones I do had open relationships in the past, but I don’t know what their situation is anymore.

            Also, I’d be intensely curious to see a study as to how common it is for long-term relationships to be open in gay male couples and in lesbian couples to see how / if the numbers differ.

          • zhera

            Personally I think it’s a combo. Something about having a dick (totally jelly, btw) so easy available for pleasure making it easier to understand how your partner might want to fuck around?

          • CanuckDon

            It may result in less because having a child/children becomes a 24/7 thing. For most dedicated parents, the focus becomes the kids’ continual needs rather than their own. Plus there would be the risk of messing things up in the relationship. When it’s just two people to think about, that risk might not be seen as that strong but subjecting children to a home divided would make one think twice.

            It’s the reason why so many men and women come out in their mid-40s and later. The kids are older. The parenting duties lessen which then results in the parents having more free time to think about their own needs and things they put on the backburner.

          • (((GC)))

            I wouldn’t say no to that dalliance! 😉

          • vorpal 😼

            =grinning purrs!=

          • (((GC)))

            =head bonks and full-body rubs!=

          • FAEN

            I wouldn’t either.

          • FAEN

            But by talking about it openly and honestly would it be cheating?

          • (((GC)))

            By talking about it openly and honestly – and agreeing about what you expect from each other before you get involved with other partners….

          • FAEN

            Absolutely.

          • Silver Badger

            Any open and honest conversation with me would make it perfectly clear that it is either monogamy or nothing.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            You sound like me in the first few years of gaydom. If I even thought there was something going on with another, I was done.
            But I changed. I never thought adding another person could improve our lives in any way. I was wrong.
            To each their own, as you say.

          • Silver Badger

            I was just the opposite. Started out willing to have an open relationship. Ended up refusing the same. I am faithful and expect the same from my partner. In the day of AIDS, anything less is foolish and also playing into the hands of the haters trying to deny us marriage.

          • FAEN

            And that’s perfect for you. Nothing wrong with that.

          • (((GC)))

            I see monogamy (or not) as an “orientation” as much as a relationship style. One size doesn’t fit all.

        • Duh-David

          My ex- thought monogamy was an old Diana Ross movie.

          • jerry
          • Duh-David

            I printed the joke on a t-shirt. Everytime I wear it, someone starts singing that damn earworm.

          • Priya Lynn

            That’s a rather attractive picture of her.

          • FAEN

            HA! I see what you did there.

        • You don’t know many straight people, do you? LOL

        • GayOldLady

          Not in my Gay world.

        • (((GC)))

          Plenty of swingers, poly folks, etc. in the straight world as well. And bi+ folks can similarly be monogamous or not.

    • gaycuckhubby

      This is a very serious issue of human rights abuses
      I. Will. Not. Be. Superficial.

      Fuck it. That man is pure sex!

      • Robincho

        Anyone for chowing down on a gay root from Beirut?…

    • kaydenpat

      Good for him. Brave.

  • FAEN

    I’ve heard of this band before. The lead singer is HAWT!

    Aside from that this crackdown on LGBT’s in the Middle East shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. Lebanon and Israel have thriving gay communities and it’s a shame that they are the exception not the norm.

  • Michael

    Religion: It is morally right to throw gay men off of buildings.

  • Tawreos

    It makes me grateful to to live somewhere where I have never had the need to be as brave as they are just to be who I am.

    • FAEN

      ^This^

    • Todd20036

      And the Nazis want to take that away from us, they want that so dearly.

  • JoeMyGod

    Here he is singing in English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjZjgqXdcSo

  • Silver Badger

    One wonders, would the outrage be as intense if the singer was ugly?

  • JoeMyGod

    Here’s an interview with PBS in English in which Sinno talks about the Pulse massacre. “In one day I’ll get called a terrorist AND a faggot.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EeCGValiTg

    • FAEN

      Thanks much for that Joe!

    • gaycuckhubby

      He’s got a new fan

  • Rex

    Art and music are often the vehicle for social reform, let’s hope that this is a beginning.

    • gaycuckhubby

      And sports too

      • FAEN

        Speaking of-can’t wait to see ‘Battle of the sexes.’

  • Silver Badger

    Why soften how offensive bigotry is by using the term conservative? A bigot is a bigot whether a country or an individual.

  • Bluto

    Your god is a fucking weak ass cuck twat pussy limp dick shitstain if he can be threatened with a fucking piece of cloth.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ad880d401e2d8ec6f6511fd4647ad910a4c60789987d55ba640010326ea8327.jpg

    • gaycuckhubby

      Well, other than “cuck” I enjoyed that rant. 😉

  • JoeMyGod

    Here he is singing Nat King Cole. You might know the song from “Moulin Rouge.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKfW2Fj6z2U

  • Michael R

    Probably first gay couple of history.. Khnumhotep and Niankhkhanum lived in ancient Egypt 2400 bc.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/682f8cb986a1ddd4da8dad3c1b4afc390a295c4c81e81b7d41d03387af3136ac.jpg

  • barrixines

    I’ve posted this before. One of their most famous songs, Shim el Yasmine (Smell the Jasmine), a heartbreaker about the end of a relationship. For me, one of the best gay songs ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mczl-lyU_LY

  • Halou

    Unlikely as it is, I hope all seven of them are released.

  • TimCA

    Every right-wing, GOP activist is now enviously looking to Egypt as the new model of how to deal with the LGBT community.

    • Halou

      Something I just said to one of my friends, you can expect western evangelicals to fall silent on the persecution of Christians in Egypt for a couple of years, their hatred of gays is so strong they will tolerate their own religion being disadvantaged.

      • And they’ll justify it by saying “those” people aren’t “real” Christians anyway.

      • Silver Badger

        Besides, being persecuted is a big donation draw.

  • JoeMyGod

    Mashrou’ Leila has five US dates next month: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philly, Cambridge MA, and Minneapolis.

    https://www.songkick.com/artists/4476993-mashrou-leila

    • JoeMyGod

      If they played NYC, I’d totally go and wave a rainbow flag.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        If they played Columbus, they could go “missing” ….for awhile…};-]>

    • FAEN

      Meh-pity it isn’t DC.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    How much longer can we hang on until this becomes a reality here in the United States?

    • FAEN

      I don’t think we have to worry about this sort of crackdown. It will be subtle but damaging.

      As always we’ll fight back…and we will win.

      • William

        President Pence would delight in gays being arrested.

        • FAEN

          He might delight in a lot of things and that asshole can try-he’ll be surprised at how unsuccessful he is.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Heartbreaking. I can’t imagine how horribly the 7 arrested are being treated.
    And how much this must weigh on the musicians

  • CanuckDon

    That’s a whole lotta hotness on that stage with these fine looking men. I often wonder the important role that we gay males can play in tempering hostilities that arise from men and their protectionist manners of their nations and cultures.

  • Silver Badger

    Interesting to note, these fans were not arrested for being gay, but for merely being supportive. Chilling that.

  • Ninja0980

    Rightwingers here look at scenes like this in envy.

  • SDG

    With all of it’s foibles (and foibles a plenty we have), we, in Israel, are still the ONLY country in the Middle East where this shit does not happen.

  • Ziad Baaklini

    Love them. Went to one of their concerts back home in Lebanon. Egypt’s loss.

    • FAEN

      Hello Ziad 😊😈

    • TJay229

      Which is the gay one?

      • Ziad Baaklini

        Hamed Sinno, the lead singer

        • TJay229

          I thank you for answering.

  • Ken M

    “Inciting Immorality?” The law is actually very wide, and is by no means limited to homosexuals. I doubt even the far right would choose to live there considering the country’s laws against blasphemy. It is by no means a “free” nation.

  • zhera

    This is what tRump, Pence, PerKKKins, and all the other assbags want for USA. Anyone doing anything outside of what’s ‘acceptable morality’ will be arrested even if the legislature hasn’t thought up a law against it yet.

    Authoritarian politics hiding behind religion. Religion protected by the police state. All of them working together to enslave all of us.

  • TJay229

    Which one is gay.. The violinist or drummer? #askinfor nosyfriend

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Lead singer.

      • TJay229

        Damn..! 😂

  • Goodboy

    I’d proudly raise that flag and proudly get arrested for it. No better honor.

    • gaycuckhubby

      In America, sure. But not about to get arrested in Egypt. These 7 are a shit ton braver than me

    • Phil2u

      Be careful where you are!

    • gaycuckhubby

      You cant change the world if your dead.

      • Gigi

        I’m sure these seven brave young people knew what the consequences of their actions would be. Some causes are much too important to sit in the shadows and remain silent.

  • JWC

    Kudos to Gilbert Baker for desiging an emblem so readily recognizable and unifying in hostile lands

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    That our flag can be so recognizable so as to cause such a reaction speaks volumes, well done Gilbert. To those brave men who dared to wave a flag that, in my opinion, speaks more to freedom than any national flag I say Bravo, Well Done, Stay Strong. As for Mashrou ‘Leila, we’ve not heard of them, but we like their vibe. While we have a large selection of foreign language music, we don’t really have much from the ME, clearly, this needs to change.

  • Hank

    There are as many gays and lesbians in every Arab/Islamic country as there are, proportionately, in every Western nation. It is a fact of life. One of my earliest experiences, was when I was on a trip to Morocco with a young man, that I met up with. It was OK to have man to man sex, before marriage. After marriage, they change. (ahem).

  • netxtown

    DAMN! that’s some gorgeous mans! All of ’em!
    (disgustingly licking my lips…)

  • Puck

    He is a hottie!!!!!!!!!!!!!