Even as we continue to make tremendous advancements in LGBT rights in the United States and many other places around the world, we can never forget the brutality that so many of our LGBT siblings still face.
Via the Independent:
A Saudi Arabian man has been sentenced to three years in jail and 450 lashes after he was caught using Twitter to arrange dates with other men. The 24-year-old man who has not been named, was given his sentence after the court in Medina, Saudi Arabia, found him guilty of "promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality."
According to a report in the daily Arabic newspaper Al-Watan, the man was arrested following an entrapment ploy by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). Posing as a potential suitor online, members of the CPVPV arranged to meet the now convicted man for a date. When the man arrived at the designated meeting place, he was greeted by an undercover agent and a number of other officers from the CPVPV.
He was then arrested and his phone was confiscated.
According to authorities, a search of the phone revealed "indecent images" and other incriminating evidence that apparently proved his "homosexuality". During the court case, the 24-year-old man is said to have confessed to using his Twitter account to meet other men, and for possessing "pornographic images of homosexual perversion."
The 450 lashes will be administered over 15 separate sessions.