Lebanon

LGBTI Rights in Lebanon


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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ADDED ON: 11/16/2019

Lebanon protests seen as an ‘opportunity’ for LGBT+ community

Despite being seen as a bastion of relative freedom in the largely conservative Middle East, Lebanese society remains reluctant to extend rights to the LGBT+ community. Nationwide protests that have thrown Lebanon…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2019

Beirut Pride organizers cancel opening event after threats

Organizers of Beirut Pride said they have canceled the event’s opening concert after threats meant they could not guarantee the safety of attendees at Lebanon’s third annual LGBT+ week. Organizer Hadi Damien…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2019

Death threats ‘broke my heart’ says popular Lebanese band singer

The lead singer of one of the Middle East’s most popular bands said on Thursday he was heartbroken by rising homophobia in Lebanon, after death threats stopped him performing last month. Organisers…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Lebanon: End Systemic Violence Against Transgender Women

Transgender women in Lebanon face systemic violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch, Helem, and MOSAIC said in a report and video released today. Transgender women face discrimination in accessing basic services, including…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Lebanon protest: Boycott festival that blocked LGBT-led band

Hundreds of petitioners are urging a boycott of the upcoming Byblos International Festival because the festival cancelled a performance by the LGBT-led band Mashrou’ Leila. “Stand up for freedom of expression in…

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