Pakistan Blocks Its First LGBT Support Website
Pakistan officials have blocked the country’s first website that aims to support the country’s LGBT community, according to the BBC.
In an interview with the BBC, the founder of Queerpk.com stated that Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority removed the site, which touts the slogan "Know us, don’t hate us." The goal of the site is to raise awareness about LGBT issues and offer advice and provide sex education to the country’s LGBT community.
Being gay is still a controversial issue in the South Asian country and as BBC writes, homosexuality is "technically illegal, although laws are rarely enforced."
Though the site works in other parts of the world (it’s been mirrored to another domain, humjins.com) when BBC opened Queerpk.com in Pakistan, a message popped up that ’access is denied due to forbidden content.’
"Our website does not contain any explicit or offensive content so the PTA decision to close down the website without any notice is unconstitutional and opposes freedom of speech," Queerpk.com’s founder, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC. "Mostly, us homosexuals use this website to bring forward health-related issues as sex education is a taboo in this country.
"That is the reason why we carefully chose our language so as there is no reason for the government to ban this," the founder added.