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Audacity in Adversity

Summary Religious figures, the government, your parents—they all want to have a say in what you do between your legs. I want to tell you it’s none of their business and that your body, your desires and your ideas are yours alone. If they don’t like what you are, they are wrong. —Rima, bisexual woman, Lebanon I am a human like everyone else, and I have rights. I will defend those rights. —Ahmed, gay man, Libya Rima and Ahmed are not alone. Despite state-sponsored repression and social stigma, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Middle East and North Africa are finding ways…

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