Women in the Middle East Seminars (UCLA)
These seminars covered a wide range of topics pertaining to women in the middle east. However, LGBT was the most dominant topic. In a nutshell, the organizers follow the government line and advocate LGBT rights in the Middle East similar to Israel (A country that has more gay bars than synagogues). They argue that the Mideast won't be free unless all the countries hold an annual Transvestite/Transgender Pride Parade. On the other hand, Russia and China have argued that the US does not have the right to interfere with the internal affairs of other sovereign states and shouldn't impose their LGBT values on other states. Here is the US government position:
The U.S. Department of State champions the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals worldwide as an Obama Administration foreign policy priority. By supporting the inherent dignity of each person, the United States leads by example and advances our values.
Finally, it's noteworthy to mention US plans to redraw the maps of the Middle East and create 14 countries from 5. Again, this would only be in Israel's interest.