Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Click to expand Image Activists take part in a protest outside the Hbeish police station in Beirut on May 15, , demanding the release of four transgender women and calling for the abolishment of article of the Lebanese Penal code, which prohibits having sexual relations that 'contradict the laws of nature'. The complaint was submitted to the UN special rapporteurs on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and on human rights defenders, and to the UN independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gay Dating in Lebanon
Beirut and Lebanon: The gay paradise of the Arab world
Walking through Beirut with the band on a warm afternoon, it feels like everyone is staring. They met in at the nearby American University of Beirut, a leafy hillside campus tumbling down towards the glittering Mediterranean. Yet their early songs, such as Shim El Yasmine Smell the Jasmine , a tender ballad about abandoning a gay lover for a prescribed marriage, and the Balkan jazz-style hoedown of Raksit Leila , shot them to unexpected stardom. Their surprise was partly down to the fact that few independent Lebanese musicians had made it big before. There was no national infrastructure to support them.
LGBT rights in Lebanon
Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the five provinces that comprise present-day Lebanon were mandated to France. The country gained independence in , and French troops withdrew in Homosexuality remains a crime in Lebanon, but the country is unusual among Arab-majority nations in that it has a small internal gay rights movement. As a practical matter, enforcement of the law is varied and often occurs through occasional police harassment and arrests.
Exquisite food, impressive UNESCO sites, crazy nightlife and some of the most handsome guys to walk this planet…on the face of it, Lebanon is a gay man's wet dream right? In some ways, it sure is! By Middle Eastern Arab standards, Lebanon is often regarded as a very liberal and progressive place. There's even a vibrant gay scene in Beirut.