Bearded Egyptian belly dancer protests against treatment of LGBT people

Bearded Egyptian belly dancer protests against treatment of LGBT people

The belly dancer calls herself "Dancing Queer" (Credit: Facebook)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A belly dancer is protesting against the treatment of LGBT people in Egypt by wearing a beard during her performances.

Shrouk El-Attara is a refugee from Egypt and is currently living in the UK and studying at Cardiff University, according to Pink News

El-Attara is a lesbian herself and LGBT individuals are often tried under debauchery laws in her home country.

As well as protesting against the treatment of LGBT people in Egypt when performing under her stage name "Dancing Queer," she is also calling for it to be made easier for asylum seekers to study at university in the UK and raising money for the cause.

They are usually treated as international students which means their fees can be three times as much as those for people from the UK.

When El-Attara first came to the UK she was unable to attend university straight away due to the costs of the course, but she is hoping that this will change for other asylum seekers.

She told the the Thomson Reuters Foundation: “When I was applying for universities there were no universities accepting asylum seekers.

“Now there’s around 60 across the country, and it’s beautiful to see real change happening because of our work.”

She also revealed she was told at the age of nine that being gay was a sin which caused her to worry as she "didn’t want to be that horrible person who was going to burn in hell."