On a warm evening in late April 2013, I was sitting at a Starbucks in Kuwait City across the table from a thirty-one year old woman. Even though “Reem” had...July 15th, 2013
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Media coverage of women and LGBTQ-communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) often relies on overused tropes and themes that obscure the diversity of sexual identities and ongoing rights-movements throughout the region. In this Special Issue on Sexuality and Gender, our contributors provide in-depth and nuanced analysis that explores often overlooked issues, and situates sexuality and gender in larger on-going debates on democracy and rights in MENA.