Since 2004, May 17 has served as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The Middle East doesn’t have the greatest track record for being LGBT friendly.
In fact most of the MENA region overwhelmingly declares same-sex relations as illegal, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). In 2007 an Iranian was convicted of sodomy, allegedly committed at age 13, and sentenced to death. Groups like Daesh have targeted sexual minorities, publishing videos throwing allegedly gay men off the roofs of buildings.
But not all news is bad. Some progress has been made, some voices heard. Here are some strides the region has made.