Lebanon

LGBTI Rights in Lebanon


ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

At home and abroad, LGBT Syrians fight to have their voices heard

AMMAN/BEIRUT — In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira met with friends in ‘gay-friendly’…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

Beirut’s port explosion shattered a queer oasis, but the residents of Mar Mikhael have vowed to rebuild

Firas Nabulsi remembers dancing in drag under a rain of glitter, rose petals cascading from beneath his wig, the Beirut nightclub crowd cheering as he lip-synched to a Whitney Houston song. Now…

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Tarek Zeidan – Helem, Lebanon

Tarek Zeidan is the executive director of Helem in Lebanon. Tarek tells us about his background as an activist, the origins and current status of Helem, how the LGBTI rights movement has…

ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

LGBTQ+ People In Beirut Are Suffering As Lebanon Continues to Bleed

Lebanon, a country ravaged by war for 15 years, had its most devastating blast on August 4, 2020. The blast killed 180 people, injured more than 6,000, and has rendered 350,000 people…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

Lebanon’s oldest queer advocacy group is already back to work helping the community in the wake of the deadly Beirut blast

The offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBT+ advocacy group were almost destroyed in the devastating Beirut blast, but staff are already back providing vital support to the queer community. Founded in 2001, Helem…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2020

LGBT+ survivors in Beirut coping with horrific injuries, homelessness and food shortages

LGBT+ people in Beirut have been left with horrific injuries and damaged or destroyed homes after the explosion a week ago. The blast at the docks on 4 August destroyed a huge…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2020

Beirut explosion nearly destroys LGBTQ group’s offices

A massive explosion that killed more than 200 people in Beirut on Aug. 4 nearly destroyed the offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy group. Helem’s offices are located less than a mile…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

‘I wish they killed you’: trauma of Syrian LGBT+ rape survivors

Stigmatised gay, bisexual and transgender Syrian refugees who survived sexual violence in war are struggling to get medical or mental health care, human rights groups said on Wednesday. More than 40 LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

This Pride Month, Shame on You: Exposing Anti-LGBT Government Strategies in MENA

As a researcher and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I am often asked: “What is it like to be…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2020

No medicine, no food: Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

It started with headaches then came nausea and diarrhea. Within two weeks, gay Ugandan barber Eric had became so weak without his HIV medication he could not walk and had to be…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2020

Lebanon’s LGBT People Are Reclaiming Their Power

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their rights in Lebanon are part and parcel of the nationwide protests that began on October 17, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

‘It’s not safe for them’: Coronavirus lockdowns putting LGBT+ people at risk across Middle East

Coronavirus-induced isolation and lockdowns are putting LGBT+ people in the Middle East at risk, campaigners have warned. Many individuals are – or, due to money worries, fear becoming – trapped with family…

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