‘Respect Gay Rights’ hashtag trends in Arabic on Twitter, sparking a varied response

Published February 7th, 2016 - 02:43 GMT
While some people have offered their support for  LGBT+ rights in the Arab world, others have made it clear that they staunchly oppose it. (File photo)
While some people have offered their support for LGBT+ rights in the Arab world, others have made it clear that they staunchly oppose it. (File photo)

The topic of LGBT+ rights is fortunately not confined just to the West, with movements gaining strength across the world, including in the Middle East. While there are protests and demonstrations in some Islamic countries, a large part of the LGBT+ rights movement takes place online—perhaps unsurprisingly.

With the entire issue remaining very controversial, it is not surprising that a hashtag which went viral this week was met with a varied response in the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world.

#سنحترم_حقوق_المثليين, meaning “Respect Gay Rights” began trending on Twitter, with analysis suggesting that a huge portion of the Tweets came from Saudi Arabia.

While it appears that the hashtag was started in order to promote respect for LGBT+ rights in the Arabic speaking world, it was unfortunately hijacked by those who offered less-than-supportive opinions on the matter.

Take a look at the range of views on the matter, via Twitter.

Some people challenged anti-LGBT+ rhetoric by asking why people's private lives mattered to others.

 

Others were a little more blunt in their comments. 

Judging someone by their sexual orientation only means that you are sick and have a primitive mentality. 

 

Everyone has rights. It does not matter if you agree or disagree with their choice of life, faith or sexual orientation. They have rights just like you. 

 

Some stressed the importance of freedom.

Everyone's most basic right is that you respect their freedom.

 

Unfortunately, not everyone was tweeting the hashtag in support of LGBT+ rights in the Arabic-speaking world.

Content warning: Due to the threatening and extreme nature of some of the following tweets, reader discretion is strongly advised.


Some were tame in their opposition to the hashtag.

 

Sounding like broken records, others decided to go for more cliche arguments. 

 

Unfortunately, a quick search through the hashtag on Twitter finds that a huge portion are extremely violent.

 

To Hell and good riddance.


This is how we respect homosexuals in Saudi Arabia, and we are proud of it..


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