‘No homosexuals allowed’: Tunis stores put up homophobic signs

Several stores in Tunis have put up signs barring entry to homosexuals, which were quickly denounced by Shams, an organisation that fights homophobia. Activists from Shams are concerned by a spate of hate speech incidents against gay people in Tunisia.

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A restaurant, a food market, an Internet café, a clothing store, a phone store, a taxi… all shared the same message: “No homosexuals allowed.” These signs appeared in different neighbourhoods of Tunis starting on April 21, the day after Shams’ vice president appeared on television, on a talk show called “Klem Ennes”. In the same show, a week earlier, Tunisian actor Ahmed Landolsi had described homosexuality as a “sickness”.

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