Arab Spring Revolutions: Dreams and Prospects of Political and Social Change for LGBTIQ+ Community (Egypt and Sudan as a Model)

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Azza Sultan

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The Arab Spring protests were a strong cry against injustice, marginalization, and political corruption. Despite the different local contexts in each country, these revolutions have intersected in many demands such as justice, freedom, eradication of corruption and improvement of living conditions.

Looking at the outcomes of political and social change that came about as a result, many may say that these revolutions failed to bring about real change. Most of these revolutions led to harsher, more brutal and hostile regimes towards political and human rights activists, democracy and human rights. There is no doubt that the Arab Spring revolutions have greatly contributed to the formation of the collective consciousness of many groups in society, especially youth, women and marginalized groups such as the LGBTIQ+ community. These revolutions have also taught the significance and necessity of political and social change from the perspective of intersectional feminism of issues and provided more platforms for freedom of expression and more creative opportunities for organizing .

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