20 Most Dangerous Places For Gay Travelers (And The 5 Safest)
The creators of GPS may not have envisioned that in addition to helping people navigate a cross-country road trip, or just find the nearest Starbucks, the tool would be a key component of gay dating and hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff. Finding the hot guy is only half the battle, after all. That asset, though, can be a liability if people doing the search are motivated more by homophobia than romance. Last year, for example, a user in Saudi Arabia reported that the police in Riyadh had used the app to entice then deport an acquaintance.
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He lives in Mecca, the holiest city according to Islam, and is acutely aware of the stigma that surrounds his gay lifestyle. But I know that I'm gay and I'm living as one, so I can't see a clear vision for the future. Samir, like many gay men in the Arab world , guards his sexual orientation with a paranoid secrecy. To feel free he takes long vacations to Thailand, where he has a boyfriend, and spends weekends in Lebanon , which he regards as having a more gay-tolerant society. But at home in Saudi Arabia , he is vigilant.
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