Sarah Hegazi is confirmed dead at the age of 30.
Sarah was best known as a Egyptian LGBT rights activist.
Death was likely due to suicide.
Sara Hegazy
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Sara Hegazy
Born1990 (aged 30)
Died13 June 2020
Cause of deathSuicide
Known forHuman 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.
Initial arrest
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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