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What Do They Say About You? Lebanese Attitudes Towards LGBTQ In Numbers!

September 12, 2017 Leave a comment


How many times have you heard someone in Lebanon say “I am fine with gays as long as they do not approach me” ??? That simply implies that LGBT  people are ready to approach every single person of their interest?!!!


People, websites, media, politicians and many others do talk a lot about LGBTQ… But what do Lebanese people in particular say?


Some international media have continuously praised Lebanon for being the first LGBTQ-haven in the Arab World! Quite great right?


Others saw the full picture and recognized the long road we still have to run before proclaiming Lebanon an LGBTQ-haven…


Away from the popular media, a study was conducted back in 2015 by N. Nasr and T. Zeidan under the title of “As long as they stay away: Exploring Lebanese Attitudes Towards Sexualities and Gender Identities.”


The study was held at a national level.


So what do numbers say about what Lebanese say about the LGBTQ?


60% said homosexuals can stop being “homo”sexuals!

72% said homosexuals are hormonally or mentally sick!

79% said homosexuals should be treated…

76% said homosexuals being recognized as “normal” wouldn’t be beneficial for society

∼90% said homosexuals should do their best to overcome their feelings

61.7% said homosexuals shouldn’t be offered society-protection from discrimination?!?


We can of course feel sorry for what this study had shown about our society’s attitude towards… just another part of our society!

However, we can also look at the bright, rainbow-ish side of the picture: this great initiative showed us where we are at the moment and this is just a perfect way to move on and progress.

If we acknowledge what we are and how we think, we can start pinpointing every problem at a time and work on solving it until we reach our dream tolerant-society!


Maya Diab: “People Who Don’t See LGBTQ People As People, Should Learn How To Become People!”

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment


Lebanese artist, anchor and influencer Maya Diab was hosted by Future TV anchor Paula Yaacoubian on her weekly Inter-Views on Wednesday August 23rd. Paula hosting Maya on her political show was already deemed controversial. That they would be discussing LGBTQ rights and tolerance in Lebanon was just an elephant in the room!

Both ladies are already known for their supportive statements with regard to the LGBTQ community and that was witnessed when they were both hosted by Mona Abou Hamzeh on Talk of the Town on MTV Lebanon few months ago.   

Despite her explicit support, Paula still fell in the trap of terminologies where she referred to the LGBTQ community as “irregulars/outlaws/abnormals” aka “shawath/شواذ” more than three times throughout the talk.  

To all the people attacking her for “cheering” for the LGBTQ community, Maya responded that she refuses to be accused of cheering for anyone: “I am not a cheerleader here, and this is not an event that needs cheering. Neither accepting, rejecting nor even cheering for the LGBTQ community is an option anymore, they simply exist and they have always existed.”

Oddly enough, Maya still had to justify her performance at a gay club in Beirut to the public, even after more than a year since the controversial party took place. At that time, Maya launched a social media campaign defending her right to sing for whomever she wants. Back then, She was both praised and massively attacked for vigorously defending the LGBTQ rights.

After reiterating how her music should only be seen as a tool of unification and communication and after mocking the so called “democratic system” of Lebanon, Maya continued to refuse any “trophy” from any LGBTQ organization due to her belief that she is only doing what everyone else should be doing!  

Maya also told a recent anecdote in which her sister handed her a written message from a fan who told her how he could have never imagined a celebrity speaking about his community publicly. Maya stressed on the fact that the fan was subject to sexual assault in his childhood and that he is still struggling with the cruelty of his parents and the society.

Once again, Paula couldn’t avoid falling for yet another terminological fallacy where she generalized that the LGBTQ are people who choose to be as such, and that was ironically right after Maya told the story of the victim/fan who clearly had no choice! This does not change the fact that Paula was supportive throughout the rest of the talk.

Maya concluded with a couple of very impactful and moving statements. “We are not oil and water, we are one! People who don’t see LGBTQ people as people, should learn how to become people!”

Inter-views 24/08/2017 مع الفنانة مايا دياب

The Tests of Shame Return to Lebanon

In recent days, it has become evident that anal tests or “Shame Tests” have returned to Lebanon, as Dr. Ahmad Mokdad, a Lebanese forensic doctor, has been examining individuals using the abusive test in order to determine their sexual orientation. The test, banned on August 7th 2012 by the Lebanese Order of Physicians, includes the forcible insertion of a metal egg-shaped object into the anal rectum, which supposedly tells if an individual had anal intercourse. Obviously, the test is a sham, as it fails to prove anything. Firstly, consensual anal intercourse does not leave permanent scarring or result in deformities of the anus or penis. Secondly, homosexuality, which is what the test is intended to prove, is not only about anal sex but is a much more complex concept, based on attraction, behaviour and identity.

In August 2012, the Lebanese police arrested 35 men (which is reported here, on the Daily Star website) at a cinema in the Bourj Hammoud district of Beirut, as they had received a tip-off that the men were watching homosexual pornography. All the men were subjected to the test and forced to pay the $85 which the test costs. Three of the men were later charged of ‘unnatural sex’ under the archaic and condemned Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code. Whatever the conviction, the anal probe still scarred all 35 men. The Lebanese Order of Physicians, politicians and human rights activists came out strongly against the tests; there were protests staged around Beirut, denouncing the tests of shame, as they came to be known. Apparently the “Provincetown of the Middle East” (a claim made by the New York Times) is only a “gay haven” for tourists, not for locals, and definitely not for refugees (which became evident after the Dekwaneh scandal).

The anal tests in 2012 caused an outbreak of protests across Beirut. Helem, the Arab World's leading LGBT organisation was at the frontline protesting this crime.

The anal tests in 2012 caused an outbreak of protests across Beirut. Helem, the Arab World’s leading LGBT organisation was at the frontline protesting this crime.

The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH)  just released a position statement ( on anal tests to assess someone’s sexual orientation. LebMASH has responded to the Legal Agenda’s report on shame tests still being performed in Lebanon, where 5 men recently were subjected to the test (in Arabic). LebMASH urges the Lebanese Order of Physicians (LOP) to discipline Dr. Ahmad Mokdad and offers to provide the LOP’s members with cultural competency training and scientifically sound educational sessions on the topic.

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I, Jonathan Lawrence, thank for hosting my post. I decry the lack of media attention to this story. There are regular reports in Western media concerning homosexuality and homosexual rights, yet these outrageous invasive and abusive tests, which can permanently damage an individual, both mentally and physically, have largely been ignored by Western media outlets.


Jonathan Lawrence

رهاب المثلية عبر صوت لبنان

June 6, 2013 1 comment

قبل ما تعتم مع ريما صيرفي ببليش رهاب المثلية .

فترةٌ إذاعيةٌ مباشرةٌ منوعةٌ بأخبارها وتعليقاتها هي فترة “قبل ما تعتم” عبر إذاعة صوت لبنان 93.3 مع الإعلامية العريقة ريما صيرفي. تطرح عادةً في برنامجها هذا مواضيع إجتماعية وثقافية وفنية متنوعة، تستقبل إتصالات المستمعين وتتشارك معهم ارائهم، مخاوفهم، ومن الواضح أيضاً أنها تشاركهم رهابهم.

في 24 ايار ٢٠١٣ وبعد حملةٍ على صفحتها على فيسبوك ترويجاً لحقتها، أطلت ريما طارحةً على المستمعين قضية زواج المثليين في فرنسا، سائلةً اللبنانيين عن تعليقاتهم على هذه الخطوة الفرنسية وهل هم مع اعطائهم كامل مطالبهم في هذا الشأن في لبنان .

ولصدقية أخلاقي المهنية، اعترف انني لم أتابع الحلقة كاملةً، لكن الجزء الذي استمعت إليه كان أكثر من كافٍ لتتراجع صورة هذه الإعلامية الكبيرة في نظري.

مداخلات المستمعين اجمعت على رفض هذا القانون وعلى عدم تقبل المثلية . تعليقاتهم على الموضوع والترحيب المستمر من قبل المذيعة لهذه التعليقات أرهبني.

فريما “بتعطل هم الاهل يلي بيعرفو إنو ولادن هيك بس مش ادرين يغيرون” وتجزم حكماً أنه إذا تبنى زوجان مثلين طفلاً “بدو يصير متلون” لأن هذه العلاقة هي خارج الطبيعة وهذا العمل يعتبر جريمةً في حق الطفولة لأن الزوجان المثلين ينتهكون حقوق الطفل بحياة كريمة وطبيعية مع أم وأب .

وتدعم موقفها الرافض لهذه الأعمال المشبوهة بأنها كانت من أشد المعجبين بالفنان ” Rob Stewart” ولكنه وبنظرها خسر الكثير من المعجبين “الطبيعيين” بعدما تبنى … وأصبح جميعهم مثلين… و السوأل هنا ما علاقة هذا الأمر بالمثلية ؟

أما أخر مداخلة كانت للمعالجة النفسية والأستاذة الجامعية دكتور كارول سعاده التي شددت على أن المثلية الجنسية ليست مرضٍ وأن الأمر لا يسمى “شذوذ” وبأنها لا تعالج مثليين لأنهم مثليين، بل تتابع الحالة النفسية للمثليين التي يضعها المجتمع على هذه الفئة المهمشة والمستضعفة في لبنان.

ويبقى الأمل هنا، و-“قبل ما تعتم” أن نصل إلى مجتمعٍ ضاعت فيه فرص الأمل ، إلى تقبل الأشخاص وفق أخلاقهم وليس وفق هويتهم أو ميولهم الجنسي.

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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

The development on the #Dekabuse #LebLGBT

May 2, 2013 1 comment

The development on the #Dekabuse #LebLGBT

LBC, Al Jadeed, MTV decided to defend the gay community.

Future TV, Al Manar TV chose silence, as usual, which is understandable.

OTV?! They’re confused about being a civil and laique TV channel or being like Tele Lumiere/NourSat. So Randa El Murr, is all what you’ve got to offer?! Pshhhhhhhhhhhh… Losers!

Yesterday night while passing by Dekweneh, I see all these signs, “We back you! Thank you for fighting corruption! Thank you for defending our rights! We’re by your side.” In one day, all the clerics and charitable institutions have decided to all react at the same time, even political parties. I felt like I was in Medjugorje.

Oh my car is driving on a holy land! Hooooo!

Oh Mr. Mayor can you bless my car? I suggest you stand in the middle of the road and throw holy water on people passing.

So the church forgot all the corruption that it has because gay aliens are invading Dekwaneh. Which planet do those gay people come from? Is there a planet GAY?! You know a glittery planet where they listen to Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Britney?!?!!?

Or is it country….called Gayistan?!!?! Crossing on my heart….Oh Lord!!!

The church decided to neglect all its gay sons?! What?

Things don’t stop here; now there is a car moving in Dekwaneh calling on people to gather in front of the St. Georges church to defend the attacks that the head of the municipality is suffering from?

WHHHHHAAAATTTTTT?! He’s under attack?!!?!? Those gay people are so aggressive.

You know my suggestions is to call on all religions to praise God for protection of Gay people. Wooooohhooooo…

Not only that! We can slaughter a virgin girl so that our God be satisfied. Afterwards we kill all those gay people. We do the Crusades again. We kill Joan of Arc and Galileo!!!

Weeeehewwww…..God is on our side against those invaders.

I mean look at the Cabarets and Poker places, they’re paying the amount that makes them be part of us. They’re Dekwanies!

All I can think of is the misfortune of the gay people living inside Dekwaneh and seeing this carnival!!! The worst would be if they’re relatives of Mr Shakhtoura!!! Haaaaaaaa!

Can we do a special dance as well?!?!?! Performed by those police officers who lived out their fantasies with transsexuals? That would be awesome!

Come on everyone, let’s praise the God of Homophobia!!!

By Joseph Aoun

Equalathon for #LebLGBT rights

April 29, 2013 2 comments

Do you believe in our basic human right to bodily integrity?Do you believe in our right to equality whether gay or straight, trans or cis-gender, men or women?If yes, we invite you to be on the right side of history and join the movement for LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer] liberation from all forms of oppression in Lebanon.

Were you angered by the inhumane scandal in Dekwaneh? #DekAbuse is the hashtag we launched on Twitter to refer to the abuse of power by the mayor of Dekwaneh who ordered the closure of Ghost gay bar and the detention of individuals based on their perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. Those individuals were subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse. The authorities stood idle, will you?

Finally, would you like to win a dinner for two in Bardo, “the Only Bar with True Love in Beirut”?

Join the Equality Marathon online in two easy steps:

1. Write your own thoughts about #LebLGBT and #DekAbuse.

2. Publish it on your own blog and email us the link, or email what you write/create to for us to publish.

Between the 3rd and the 15th of May, write your thoughts about homophobia, the Dekwaneh abuse, and the LGBT community in Lebanon, and be part of the marathon to equality in the country.

All the blogs are going to be published on and shared on Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor.

The three submissions that earn the highest “Likes” will each win a dinner for two at Bardo. Results will be announced by The Monitor on the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.

Write in whichever language you like [Arabic, English, French, etc.] and in whatever form [Writing, Photography, poem, etc.]

This event is brought to you by #LebLGBT bloggers, Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor and Bardo.

Our email address is:

 Equality Marathon Lebanon
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