Lebanon

LGBTI Rights in Lebanon


ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Lebanon court ‘acquits military personnel’ in sodomy case

Judge Peter Germanos on Saturday cleared the group of charges of committing sexual acts "contrary to nature" and declined to issue warrants for their arrest, the Daily Star, a Beirut-based daily, reported.Germanos…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Lebanon’s LGBT community is often denied healthcare, and it’s not OK

With absent or inadequate sex education in school curricula, Lebanese youth are pushed to learn about sex from unreliable sources, with all the risks it entails. The issue is all the more…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2019

Mashrou’ Leila: the Lebanese indie band championing Arab gay rights

Mashrou’ Leila are giants in Lebanon. Walking through Beirut with the band on a warm afternoon, it feels like everyone is staring. We squeeze into a retro diner in the city’s bustling…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

Grindr Banned in Lebanon: List of Countries that Prohibit Gay Dating App

Lebanon has reportedly banned people from accessing Grindr, a gay dating mobile app, on the country’s public network. SMEX, a Lebanese NGO that works toward empowering people, reached out to Touch, one of…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

For LGBTI People in Lebanon, They Go Through Their Own Stonewall

It is reported that on the night of June 28, 1969, transgender revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, infuriated and exhausted with the way the queer community had been treated, took off her shoe and…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Parliament Group Nixes Discussion of LGBTI Issues

Uganda and Lebanon's parliamentary speakers Rebecca Kadaga and Nabih Berri declared victory after leading the charge October 18 to ban discussions about LGBT issues at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland. Anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2018

Lebanese Delegation Votes Against ‘LGBT Rights’ in Int’l Conference

Last week, a Lebanese delegation headed by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri voted against an international bill that seeks equality for the LGBTQI+ community. The proposed bill titled "the role of Parliaments in ending…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Lebanon: Police Try to Close LGBT Conference

Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Success to Lebanon to Savour, but Challenges Remain for LGBTI Rights in Lebanon

When a Lebanon court of appeal upheld a ruling in July that adult, consensual same-sex conduct is not an “unnatural offence,” a wave of excitement rippled through Lebanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Voguing for Freedom: Lebanon’s LGBTQ Fight for Equal Rights

When it comes to gay rights, Lebanon is known as one of the more liberal countries in the Middle East -- yet homosexuality has had a complicated legal status. The Lebanese Penal…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2018

Lebanon Court Rules That Gay Sex is Not a Crime

A court in Lebanon has ruled that the country’s law does not ban homosexuality. The decision to uphold the acquittal of nine people prosecuted for being gay in 2017 has been celebrated by activists,…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

Lebanon LGBT Scene Empowered Despite Crackdown

It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing. Then on the big night, a five-hour session putting on makeup. The very…

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