The punishments for being openly gay in Egypt mean that increasingly men are using the internet to meet up
By Yolande Knell
BBC News, Cairo
In Egypt, the very existence of homosexuality is rarely openly acknowledged.
Laws on public morality are used to crack down on gay people and mean they live under continual threat of harassment and imprisonment.
"Tito" is a good-looking man in his late twenties with a successful career and an infectious laugh. Yet he tells me that most of the time he hides a secret: he is gay.
"As far as my family is concerned, this topic is completely out of bounds. It's a huge taboo," he explains. "In Egypt you still have these closed minds. I am only "out" to my friends."
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