Lebanon

LGBTI Rights in Lebanon


ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

Lebanon interior minister tells security forces to ‘stop’ LGBTQ gatherings over pressure from religious figures

Lebanon's interior minister gave instructions to security forces on Friday to stop gatherings of the LGBTQ community, following pressure from religious institutions. Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi instructed Lebanon's Internal Security Forces to…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2022

Tough Territory for Transgender People in the Middle East and North Africa

Transgender people, whose assigned gender at birth does not match their gender identity, face a grim reality in much of the Middle East and North Africa region, including daunting obstacles to legal…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2022

Lebanese LGBT community fights to keep safe spaces.

On a sofa in a dimly lit bar, two young women finish their beers while they caress each other's hands. Oblivious to the music, to the people who enter and leave, they…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2022

Sentenced for a selfie: Middle East police target LGBTQ+ phones

BEIRUT/LOS ANGELES, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Before Omar leaves home in the morning, he carefully uninstalls the apps on his phone one by one - no WhatsApp, no Facebook, no…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2022

Arab film directors tackle gender taboos on big screen

A Lebanese director who has just scooped up an award at Sundance Film Festival says she wants her short to "break the norms" on sexuality and gender in the Middle East. "Warsha"…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2022

LGBT ACTIVIST DETAINED IN LEBANON, FINALLY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

After fleeing to Turkey from their home country of Jordan in July 2020, LGBTQI activist Alshaima Omama Alzubi has finally arrived in Australia. The 25-year-old Jordanian refugee who identifies as lesbian and…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2021

LEBANON ARRESTS 25-YEAR-OLD LESBIAN REFUGEE ON THEIR WAY TO AUSTRALIA

A Jordanian LGBTQI+ ‘rights defender’ and refugee on their way to Australia has been detained in Lebanon. According to Amnesty International Australia, AOA, a 25-year-old lesbian, non-binary activist was arrested on December…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2020

EXCLUSIVE: Mashrou’ Leila lead singer discusses struggles, activist’s suicide

The out lead singer of the Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila says their career has been “a constant battle for breath.” “Singing is an act of intentional breathing,” Hamed Sinno told the…

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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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