Gay man in UAE will be executed for Instagram cross-dressing

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21-year-old Arabic gay man faces capital punishment for posting pictures of himself as a drag artist on Instagram. Abu Dhabi Criminal Court showed the young man wearing ‘short women’s clothes, wigs and make-up’. Prosecutors also said that he offered sex to other men posting his phone number.

In court, the man reportedly claimed his friend had taken his friend and posted the pictures on Instagram without his knowledge. The trial has been adjourned until 26 October. The UAE, which comprises of Emirates like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras al-Khamiah, punishes homosexuality with anything from jines, jail time, deportatation to the death penalty.It is one of 10 countries where homosexuality is punished with death.

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