We also tell them to be careful, to not give out personal information online and to avoid any applications that use geolocalisation like Grindr, Hornit, Scruff, Gay Dating, etc.

Every once in a while, we organise gatherings between trustworthy members of the LGBT community in secret locations in Cairo so that we can give out practical advice and information.

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When an LGBT person is arrested, we try to get in touch discreetly with their close friends and family to offer them support.

We also reach out to lawyers who specialise in human rights to defend them.

According to accounts given by numerous witnesses, police are using gay online dating sites, such as Grindr, to hunt down LGBT people.

Egyptian gay rights activists have published numerous messages warning members of the community to refrain from using these applications.

However, after the men were “tested,” the authorities admitted that the results showed that they had not engaged in homosexual relations. Despite this, numerous people have been arrested while taking part in festivities celebrating gay unions and accused of “debauchery.” In May, for example, four men were arrested during a party organised in Nasr City, located east of Cairo.

One of them was sentenced to 12 years of prison, the heaviest sentence ever given to an LGBT person in Egypt.

The police aren’t just targeting well-known gay hangouts; they are increasingly raiding homes when they think there is an LGBT party going on.

I think the new intensity of this repression is tied to the political situation in Egypt.

We hope that those who attend, in turn, will share this information with the gay people they know.