LGBT in Lebanon: 15 years of activism, oppression

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05/18/2019

The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut.‎ We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia building in the city center. We stood at a corner, trying to avoid a crowd calling for the victory of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and ‎another crowd cheering for a holy war in which Islam would defeat Christianity. Suddenly, we saw‎ a group of young people appear from afar, heading towards us calmly and organically. They raised a rainbow flag. ‎It was one of the first times (if not the very first time) that the rainbow flag was raised in a public and activist context in Beirut.

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