ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

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

08/28/2018 | Reuters

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) communities. Article 534 of the Penal Code, a relic of the French mandate in Lebanon, bans “sexual intercourse contrary to nature”. It has long been used by police to harass, arrest and sometimes prosecute people based on their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity. People who face multiple forms of oppression in Lebanon – transgender women, for instance, or gay Syrian refugees – are often the most likely to be targeted, say Lebanese activists who provide legal aid and other services.

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