However, they had no organized internal support, pleaded innocent, and were tried under the state security courts. The " Cairo 52 " were arrested and tried on the original Prostitution and Debauchery law, as well as the newer Public Order and Public Morality code. View Comments. The situation for the local LGBT community remains very tense, and although there is a small and very underground gay scene in Cairo and Alexandria, tapping into it as a foreigner can be tricky and is risky. The prevailing public opposition to homosexuality, is especially relevant to how the Egyptian legal system deals with sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
A weekly newspaper called the Al Balagh Al Gadid was shut down, two reporters jailed, for printing a story that accused Egyptian actors Nour El SherifKhaled Aboul Naga and Hamdi El Wazir of bribing police officers in order to cover up their involvement with homosexual prostitution.
Archived copy as title CS1 maint: The impact of these laws on gay and bisexual men were brought to the world's attention by the Human Rights Watch. Egyptian court's interpreted the ban on debauchery to criminalize homosexual relations between consenting adults.
In a seventeen-year-old private university student received a 17 years sentence in prison including 2 years hard labor, for posting a personal profile on a gay dating site.