Yasaman R. Choube was born in Iran and now lives in exile. For the Dissent blog she has written a moving story about love, oppression and loss.

The City of White Shadows

Anouar Rahmani risks jail time because of what he writes. The Dissident blog publish an extract from one of the texts that is currently being investigated by the authorities. The City of White Shadows is an historical novel that depicts a gay relationship during the Algerian war of independence.

Homosexuals in Algeria: From Self-Hating to Sexual Apartheid

Anouar Rahmani is writer, activist and blog under the headline ‘Diary of an unusual Algerian’. He writes about the lives of LGBT-people in Algeria and how literature can break stereotypes. 


To be silent is to say we are not alive

Romeo Oriogun is a poet from Nigeria, a country where homosexuality is criminalised and can give up to fourteen years of prison. In Nigeria, the publishing of queer texts is restricted and even if voices such as Oriogun's makes the country more open, the prize is high. The Dissident blog publishes two of his new poems. 



My.Kali: Open Letter to Jordanian MP Dima Tahboub

Right now the site My.Kali is being blocked by Jordan authorities. My.Kali is a magazine and one of the most important LGBTQ+ platforms in the MENA-region.

The Neighborhood Mirror

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