middle-east

In Tunisia, Men Hunt for Random Numbers — Hoping to Fall in Love With the Women They Belong To

One evening not that long ago, my phone lit up with a string of calls from an unknown number. I finally answered: male voice, wrong…

Saudi Arabian Teens Risk Arrest and Fines to Celebrate Halloween

When Aatish, 23, hosted a Halloween party over the weekend — a small gathering of friends at his parents’ house that mostly involved board games,…

The Secret Lives of HIV-Positive Men in Iran

Ahmad was 19 when he found out he’d been infected with HIV via sex with a man he was secretly dating casually. Like all the…

The ‘Jihottie’ Who Stole Her Heart

For the last three years, Priya’s social media feeds have been filled with tiny, lovelorn pleas sent out into the void. Things like: “I miss…