When I think about LGBT rights in Lebanon, a swinging pendulum comes to mind. Slow progress met with backlash and arbitrary detention. Article 534 of the penal code, a remnant from French colonization, criminalizes same-sex relationship; similar laws of indecency also criminalize transgender populations. Communities of lower socio-economic status and vulnerable groups, such as refugees, are most exposed to police harassment under these laws.
March 9 / Equality Blog