‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation’ blocks gay and transgender groups from attending UN AIDS meeting

More than 50 Muslim states have blocked 11 gay and transgender organisations from attending a meeting at the United Nations next month dedicated to ending AIDS.

Some 51 states, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, Sudan and Uganda, have objected to the groups attending the meeting.

Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member GeneralAssembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation toobject to the participation of the groups.

It did not give areason in the letter – sparking a protest by the United States, Canada and the European Union.