Pride and gay sex illegal: Beirut, Lebanon fights back with LGBTI flags

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05/17/2019

A Pride parade in Beirut, Lebanon, has never happened. Police, for the past two years, has banned the event for fear of offending ‘public morality’. But for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia today (17 May), activists were prepared. Around a dozen embassies have agreed to fly the Pride flag today to mark IDAHOBIT 2019. A group of unnamed activists hired two boats to sail out to Raouche Rock, an iconic sight of Lebanon. Around the natural monument, the group held and waved a Pride and trans flag as journalists took pictures. Later today, around 50 bars in downtown Beirut will also fly rainbow flags. All of this together marks a historic day for Beirut, Lebanon.

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