Lebanon

LGBTI Rights in Lebanon


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…

GO TO FULL STORY

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…

GO TO FULL STORY

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…

GO TO FULL STORY

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…

GO TO FULL STORY

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…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 07/31/2019

‘We need freedom’: Sehaq, the party space for Amsterdam’s queer refugees

At the dinner table, conversations bubble around people as they tuck into a three-course meal. A plethora of different nationalities and identities have pulled up a chair and, here at Sehaq in…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Middle East Survey Sees Patchy Progress in Views on Women’s and LGBT Rights

More men than women in Iraq say they have been sexually harassed, while only 6% of Lebanese people think being gay is acceptable, according to a major survey of public opinion in…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 05/31/2019

I had to leave Lebanon after I came out as gay and HIV positive on TV

I am a 29-year-old filmmaker and refugee from Lebanon living in the UK. My claim to asylum is based on my sexuality and my HIV status. I grew up in Beirut and…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Lebanon blocks Grindr in latest attack on LGBT+ community

The gay dating app Grindr has been blocked for most users in Lebanon, sparking concern over a widening crackdown on the LGBT+ community in the country. The social networking app, which connects…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 05/20/2019

LGBT in Lebanon: 15 years of activism, oppression

The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut.‎ We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Pride and gay sex illegal: Beirut, Lebanon fights back with LGBTI flags

A Pride parade in Beirut, Lebanon, has never happened. Police, for the past two years, has banned the event for fear of offending ‘public morality’. But for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Lebanon urged to abolish anti-LGBT law, after military acquits soldiers on ‘sodomy’ charges

Lebanon has been urged to abolish a law criminalising homosexuality after the top military prosecutor declined to prosecute a "sodomy" case. The rights group called the decision, which was publicised Monday, a…

GO TO FULL STORY