In an unprecedented announcement, an Egyptian evangelical organization has announced preparations to open a first-of-its-kind school to "treat homosexuality," in efforts to attract queer individuals who are questioning their sexuality and "help" them avoid unwanted identities," as per the head of the organization's statement.
On Facebook, tC Egypt, also known as, the Community Egypt has announced the approaching opening of a new educational institution that will "treat LGBTQ+ people" from homosexuality.
The religious organization which was established in Cairo in 2014 has already opened 10 other educational schools that aim to address a number of issues faced by members of all genders and ages, such as addiction, eating disorders, in addition to many other social struggles.
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Translation: "An evangelical group in Egypt is starting a school to treat homosexuality."
Translation: "Stop being ignorant and misleading. According to the World Health Organization, homosexuality isn't a disorder, and sexual orientation can't be changed. The solution is in accepting differences and not discriminating against the LGBT+ community."
However, the recent announcement by the organization's Tony George Rizk angered Egyptian LGBTQ+ activists, who took to social media to protest enlisting homosexuality amongst social issues in today's world.
Amongst responders is Omar Sharif Jr, an Egyptian-Canadian model and gay activist who is based in the US. Sharif Jr, a grandchild of two of Egypt's most famous classical actors Omar Sharif and Fatin Hamama, attacked the tC announcement, saying that "homosexuality isn't a disorder to be treated," expressing shock and sadness over the news.
Although Egyptian laws don't carry out punishment against people based on sexual orientation, homosexuality continues to face enormous challenges driven by conservative voices in the country.
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