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No, not the United States at least. .  . . .At least it has a reasonably happy ending
Edit: I am thinking that this would make a good movie actually.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39791610

Less than a month ago, Spaniard Jimena Rico, and Egyptian-born Shaza Ismail were just like any other young, gay couple in London, the city where their romance blossomed.

But after a call from Ms Ismail's father, the two set out on on a trip which they say involved death threats, escape across international borders, and a spell in a Turkish jail where, Ms Ismail says, the treatment was "unexpected, inhumane and horrible".
'Tricked'

Safe in Ms Rico's Spanish hometown of Torrox, the couple faced the cameras to reveal a nightmarish three-week ordeal which, according to Ms Rico, began after her partner's family in Dubai had tried to separate them by force.

"I really want to tell our story because I think it could help many people who live in a situation of repression for being homosexual," Ms Rico told reporters who had gathered in the room to hear their story.

It had all started innocently enough. According to the 28-year-old, the couple flew from London to Dubai on 14 April because Ms Ismail's father had said that her mother was ill in hospital.

"But it was a trick," said Jimena Rico. "He threatened to kill us and said we could go to jail for being lesbians.


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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 10:04:25 AM »
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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 10:27:46 AM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really. 

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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 01:56:53 PM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.

When you think there is a family emergency . . . .Hard to make a good judgement call in that situation.
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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 02:02:36 PM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.

When you think there is a family emergency . . . .Hard to make a good judgement call in that situation.
Fair point, I suppose what surprises me is that she didn't know her father was that kind of asshole. 

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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2017, 09:16:22 PM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.
I'm a white, straight, cis, teetotal man and I have absolutely no desire to visit Dubai.

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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 01:41:07 AM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.
I'm a white, straight, cis, teetotal man and I have absolutely no desire to visit Dubai.

Well, your religious views are likely a problem there.  Hey, I have to be blunt, I don't have any interest in Dubai however I would like to visit Egypt and see some of the lesser visited ancient Egyptian sites but not with as fucked up as it is. 
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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 09:33:29 AM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.
I'm a white, straight, cis, teetotal man and I have absolutely no desire to visit Dubai.
I know lots of folks who see the shiny new buildlngs and think "Cool" and Dubai has put a lot of effort in seeming like the "liberal" Gulf state but its just PR, they've just shined a turd.

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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2017, 09:17:51 PM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.
I'm a white, straight, cis, teetotal man and I have absolutely no desire to visit Dubai.

Well, your religious views are likely a problem there.  Hey, I have to be blunt, I don't have any interest in Dubai however I would like to visit Egypt and see some of the lesser visited ancient Egyptian sites but not with as fucked up as it is.

Yeah, I'd love to see Egypt and Syria and all those ancient sites. But I probably won't ever get to.

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Re: Lesbian couple forced to flee family, end up in Turkish jail
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 08:18:33 AM »
That sucks but I'm not surprised, gay folks should not go to Dubai, or women, or drunks, or well anyone really.
I'm a white, straight, cis, teetotal man and I have absolutely no desire to visit Dubai.

Well, your religious views are likely a problem there.  Hey, I have to be blunt, I don't have any interest in Dubai however I would like to visit Egypt and see some of the lesser visited ancient Egyptian sites but not with as fucked up as it is.

Yeah, I'd love to see Egypt and Syria and all those ancient sites. But I probably won't ever get to.

I regret not having scheduled extra time to visit Egypt with my traveling companions following my trip to Greece in 2001.  I doubt now that I shall ever have the chance.
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