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Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the “best five minutes of his life.” Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his life have been destroyed. Last September, at a music festival in Cairo, a group of concertgoers raised a rainbow flag in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Some of the young Egyptians there described it as a beautiful moment in a socially conservative country. But as NPR’s Jane Arraf reports from Cairo, it led to a crackdown against the LGBT community there in Egypt. And a warning, this report contains an offensive term.

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