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The life and death of LGBTQ+ activist Sara Hegazy

Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sara Hegazy was found dead in July after taking her own life, following a traumatic period in prison.Sara identified openly as a lesbian and lived as a writer and queer activist; in 2017 she was arrested and imprisoned for raising a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo, which coincided with a crackdown in the country to end public support for LGBTQ+ rights.

She was later granted asylum in Canada, which is where she was found dead at the age of 30.Sara said in an interview with NPR that raising the LGBTQ+ flag in Cairo was an act of ‘support and solidarity’ and that she was ‘proud to hold the flag’ despite soon after being branded a criminal for supposedly promoting sexual deviance.She was subjected to torture such as.

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