Homosexuality, once a covert yet tacitly accepted element of the Arab world, has been dragged out of the closet as a symbol of Western decadence that can no longer be tolerated. Writer Negar Azimi examines the gay climate in Egypt, the world's most populous Arab country, and site of one of the most notorious gay crackdowns, the 2001 arrests of more than 50 men at a floating disco.

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