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Media Alert for IDAHO 2013


IDAHO 2013

WHAT: IDAHO, international day against homophobia and transphobia, will take place this year in “Dowar Al Shames Theater”, an event organized by Helem. The event this year will be more powerful than the previous years because of all the attention (positive and negative) the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transsexual) community received in the last few months. Helem is a Lebanese non-governmental organization that aims to protect the LGBT community in Lebanon. Helem offers legal services, provide a safe space at their community center and also offer social services for LGBT individuals in distress. They lead a struggle against discrimination at its different levels.

WHO: The event will be open to the public and is not limited to the LGBT community. Straight allies and sister organizations will be present.

Lawyer Nizar Saghieh will discuss how to help deactivate article 534 of the Lebanese penal code. Psychologist Carol Saade will discuss the dangers of attempts at changing ones sexual orientation. Three short movies by audio visual students from different Lebanese universities and with a Lebanese LGBT theme will be screened.

WHY: This event is quarantined to satisfy. It will help raise awareness about prevalent homophobia within our society, our legal and healthcare systems. It will help you spread facts and dispel myths about sexual orientations and gender identity. Your presence would be a great support to this marginalized community.

WHERE: Dowar Al Shames Theater – Tayoune –

WHEN: Sunday 9th of June.


MEDIA OPPERTUNITIES: To help protect personal liberties and raise awareness about human right violations and abuses and to be a partner in our strive for a more righteous Lebanon media is urged to attend and cover this event.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information contact “Helem” page on facebook. Or just visit the page of the event https://www.facebook.com/events/469682759774514/

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