Lebanon

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Added on: 01/25/2024
01/24/2024
A coalition of rights groups launched a campaign – #SecureOurSocials – on Tuesday, 23 January, calling on social media giant Meta to strengthen protections for LGBT+ people in the Middle…

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Added on: 11/14/2023
11/09/2023
When Mahmoud’s father, a well-known sheikh in Aleppo city in Syria, found out his youngest son was gay, he was furious. “He pointed a rifle at my…

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Added on: 10/01/2023
09/30/2023
At least three people were injured in central Beirut when a march in defence of LGBT rights was attacked by a group of purported Christian extremists. As…

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Added on: 09/17/2023
09/16/2023
From Lebanon to Iraq, politicians in the Middle East have stepped up their anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, raising concerns about an increase in homophobic violence and even tougher penalties…

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Added on: 09/11/2023
09/10/2023
Amnesty International says hate speech and incitement have been rising in Lebanon, once a haven for LGBTQ people, and now that the line has been crossed into…

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Added on: 09/02/2023
Rainbows, school books, movies and drag shows have all been targeted in Lebanon in recent weeks as politicians, religious leaders and vigilante groups step up a campaign…

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Added on: 08/10/2023
08/10/2023
BEIRUT, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s culture minister moved to ban the film “Barbie” from cinemas on Wednesday, saying it “promotes homosexuality” and contradicts religious values. Minister Mohammad…

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Added on: 08/02/2023
Anti-gay remarks made on Saturday by a Hezbollah leader in Lebanon who has recently called for anti-gay violence sparked panic and terror among lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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Added on: 07/12/2023
07/11/2023
“When I’m trying to impress someone I’m into, I like to send them classical poems that celebrate male beauty,” Fouad, a 26-year-old gay man, explained during a…

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Added on: 02/28/2023
02/27/2023
Lebanon’s LGBTQ community is no longer safe online, as its members have become a target of both security officers and private individuals seeking to exploit them. In…

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Added on: 02/22/2023
Government officials across the Middle East and North Africa region are targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people based on their online activity on social media,…

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Added on: 12/07/2022
12/6/2022
On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that’s home to many universities, is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in…

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Added on: 11/08/2022
A new project launched by LGBTQ rights activists based in Lebanon and Paris offers emotional support services to members of the LGBTQ community — initially to refugees…

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Added on: 09/14/2022
09/13/2022
At the end of June, a widely circulated video showed a floral display, installed for Pride Month in Beirut, being vandalised. The video was shot by the…

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Added on: 08/02/2022
In late June, an account launched on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Telegram called Fetrah — the Arabic word for “human instinct.” Soon after, the account posted a…

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Added on: 07/23/2022
Nour never felt entirely safe as a queer person in Lebanon. But in the past few years, the 25-year-old pharmacist had begun letting his guard down, meeting…

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Added on: 07/19/2022
Nour never felt entirely safe as a queer person in Lebanon. But in the past few years, the 25-year-old pharmacist had begun letting his guard down, meeting…

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Added on: 06/25/2022
Lebanon’s interior minister gave instructions to security forces on Friday to stop gatherings of the LGBTQ community, following pressure from religious institutions. Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi instructed…

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Added on: 04/09/2022
Transgender people, whose assigned gender at birth does not match their gender identity, face a grim reality in much of the Middle East and North Africa region,…

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Added on: 04/05/2022
04/04/2022
On a sofa in a dimly lit bar, two young women finish their beers while they caress each other’s hands. Oblivious to the music, to the people…

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Added on: 03/07/2022
BEIRUT/LOS ANGELES, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before Omar leaves home in the morning, he carefully uninstalls the apps on his phone one by one –…

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Added on: 02/12/2022
02/11/2022
A Lebanese director who has just scooped up an award at Sundance Film Festival says she wants her short to “break the norms” on sexuality and gender…

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Added on: 01/18/2022
01/17/2022
After fleeing to Turkey from their home country of Jordan in July 2020, LGBTQI activist Alshaima Omama Alzubi has finally arrived in Australia. The 25-year-old Jordanian refugee…

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Added on: 12/28/2021
12/27/2021
A Jordanian LGBTQI+ ‘rights defender’ and refugee on their way to Australia has been detained in Lebanon. According to Amnesty International Australia, AOA, a 25-year-old lesbian, non-binary…

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Added on: 10/12/2020
10/11/2020
AMMAN/BEIRUT — In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira…

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Added on: 09/23/2020
Firas Nabulsi remembers dancing in drag under a rain of glitter, rose petals cascading from beneath his wig, the Beirut nightclub crowd cheering as he lip-synched to…

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Added on: 08/26/2020
Ari Weinstein
Alturi Contributor
How did you become interested in this type of activism? When I was younger, I worked a lot with the trans sex worker community because I used…

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Added on: 08/18/2020
08/18/2020
Lebanon, a country ravaged by war for 15 years, had its most devastating blast on August 4, 2020. The blast killed 180 people, injured more than 6,000,…

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Added on: 08/17/2020
08/16/2020
The offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBT+ advocacy group were almost destroyed in the devastating Beirut blast, but staff are already back providing vital support to the queer…

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Added on: 08/12/2020
08/11/2020
LGBT+ people in Beirut have been left with horrific injuries and damaged or destroyed homes after the explosion a week ago. The blast at the docks on…