Activists from the Middle East and North Africa are taking a bold step and speaking out in a PSA "No Longer Alone". Their goal is to chronicle the world that they are not just victims of oppressive governments throughout the region. “We don’t want the image anymore of just being victims,” says Zoheir, a gay activist from Algeria. “We want to speak about reality, speak about violence, but also to [show what is] positive.”
The Human Rights Watch and Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality worked together with the activists to produced the PSA stated that: “defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma” to share their stories. For many of them they live in countries homosexuality is illegal, for example in Egypt they could face severe punishment, just based on their sexuality. “Religious figures, the government, your parents–they all want to have a say in what you do,” says Rima, a bisexual from Lebanon. “I want to tell you it’s none of their business and that your body, your desires, and your ideas are yours alone.”
Many hope the PSA will empower many within LGBT communities around the world to speak out, and fight for their rights, according to the Human Rights Watch.
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