|Born||1990 (aged 30)|
|Died||13 June 2020|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Known for||Human rights activism, LGBT+|
Sara Hegazy in protests in Canada
Sarah Hegazi (1990 - June 14, 2020) was an Egyptian lesbian activist. She was arrested, imprisoned and tortured in prison in Egypt for three months after flying a rainbow flag at a 2017 Mashrou' Leila concert in Cairo. She had claimed asylum and was living in Canada while undergoing PTSD from the prison torture experience she underwent in Egypt. She died by suicide on June 14, 2020.
On September 22, 2017, Sarah Hegazi attended a concert for Mashrou' Leila whose lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay. She was arrested along with a group of others for waving a rainbow flag in support for LGBT rights. Her arrest coincided with Egypt's zero-tolerance crackdown response to end public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country. She recalled being jailed, beaten and abused by inmates. She was released and fined LE 2,000 ($113).
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