Jordan: US Ambassador, LGBT communities still facing backlash over awareness event, this time from the Muslim Brotherhood

Published June 10th, 2015 - 11:30 GMT
Looks like there's still more trouble for Jordan's LGBT communities, this time from the country's Muslim Brotherhood branch.
Looks like there's still more trouble for Jordan's LGBT communities, this time from the country's Muslim Brotherhood branch.

There may not be an official law against homosexuality in Jordan — one of the only countries in the region where this is true, along with Bahrain, Iraq and Israel — but it certainly hasn't been easy for the country's LGBTQ community recentlyNow it appears to be getting even worse.

This week, Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood fired criticism at the US Ambassador to the country for “interfering in internal Jordanian affairs,” Jordan's daily Alghad reported on Wednesday.

This is likely linked to US official Alice Wells' recent attendance at an event organized by LGBTQ activists and gay magazine MyKali in Jordan last month shedding light on the problems faced by gay and trans* communities in the kingdom.

Later in May, a Jordanian lawyer filed a complaint against Wells, claiming her attendance was "a breach of public order and the constitution,” and blaming her for setting up the meeting calling for gay rights in Jordan and taking part in it in her official capacity.

Wells’ office declined to comment back then, but MyKali's website clarified that while personnel from the US and several other embassies attended, it was neither sponsored nor organized by the US ambassador’s office. 

The Jordanian branch of the Brotherhood is the main opposition force in the kingdom and has wide grassroots support despite recent internal strife that has led some members of the group to split from the regional movement after 70 years of establishment.

So far, it appears like Wells' office is still not commenting.

 


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