Lebanon, Middle East

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 1943, and French troops withdrew in 1946.
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. Aside from the criminal law, gay Lebanese civilians have been charged with violating censorship laws regulating free speech and free press. In 2000, the webmaster of gaylebanon.com faced military charges for maintaining a website for gay and lesbian Lebanese. Aside from occasional harassment LGBT citizens gather easily and discreetly.
Also see: Islam and Homosexuality.  Also see new lesbian book: Bareed Mista3jil.



Gay Syrians In Lebanon–Refugees from ISIS

If caught by jihadis, Syrian gays may be thrown from rooftops, or ransomed. And many live in fear of their own families. But Lebanon’s not the safe haven they hoped.   Reporting from Beirut by Amelie Zaccour Two young men we’ll call Karim and Tareq were walking through the streets of Raqqa, Syria, in September… Read more »

Lesbian and Gay Life in Beirut, Lebanon

By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com Updated 15, 2014 Stories, Photos, News & Reports for Gay Lebanon In contrast to a New York Times story on party-time gay males in Beirut, Lebanon, a more realistic portrait of Lebanese LGBT life is portrayed in a 2009 book Bareed Mista3jl (not misspelled) published by Meem (2009). A GlobalGayz blog… Read more »

  Lebanon Country Photos

Lebanon is known for its unique efforts in the Middle East to guarantee civil rights and freedom to its citizens, ranking first in the Middle East and 26th worldwide (out of 66 countries) in the The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2011. Due to its tightly regulated financial system and the highest gold… Read more »

Gay Arabs: It Gets Better–From an Arab Teen

By Moussa Dailyvoiceofreason.com 13 Jan 2012 This is an article by Moussa, a Lebanese young man of 19 who speaks from his own experience of coming out and how life gets much better once we own our sexuality and accept one another. The world we live in can seem like an absolutely terrible place. Worse… Read more »

Lebanese Lesbian Speaks Out

Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com August 15, 2009 Regarding the point made in the previous blog post about the New York Times story on party-time gay males in Lebanon, a more realistic portrait of gay Lebanon was drawn by a lesbian in the book ‘Bareed Mistas3jil’ published by Meem . (2009; P43) I think this worried description… Read more »

Beirut the Provincetown of the Middle East? Hardly.

Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com August 5, 2009 Stories, Photos, News & Reports for Gay Lebanon This is a rebuttal to the New York Times story about gay Beirut published Sunday August 2, 2009 entitled ‘Provincetown of the Middle East’. Regarding Patrick Healy’s long story about Beirut being the Provincetown of the Middle East, I was impressed… Read more »

Historic Gay Book Signing at Beirut Book Fair

Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.com Laguna Beach, CA December 16, 2009 ‘Gay Travels in the Muslim World‘ editor Michael Luongo will be signing the new Arabic translation of his book at the Beirut Book Fair in BIEL on Tuesday, December 22, at 6pm, at the Arab Diffusion (Al Intishar al Arabi) Publisher’s stand, number G18. This is… Read more »

Beirut, Lebanon: “Provincetown of the Middle East” – Not!

Westhampton, MA – August 5, 2009 Richard Ammon – GlobalGayz.com Stories, Photos, News & Reports for Gay Lebanon I just finished reading (again) the lead article in the Sunday New York Times (August 2, 2009) travel section about Gay Beirut (Lebanon) entitled “Provincetown of the Middle East”. My reaction is mixed. It’s affirming to see… Read more »

Gay Life in Lebanon: Bounce Back Beirut

Intro: An intrepid Dutch reporter ventures into the mixed-message country of Lebanon to experience the glitter and fears of gay life in Beirut. During his visit he discovers the fashionable avenues of Gemmayzeh and the tense streets of Dahiyeh (controlled by Hezbollah) yet finding gay life in both. The conclusion is that LGBT life is… Read more »