Posts Tagged ‘homophobia’

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

My imaginary Lebanon #DekAbuse #LebLGBT

April 28, 2013 2 comments

My imaginary Lebanon

Once upon the time, there was a Lebanese mother of two, who cared for her children, Antoine and Antonella, and tried to raise them to love each others and take care of each others.

Antonella, was a transgender, she was loved by all, beautiful, humble, had a high sense of humor, lived like a diva, wore the best high heels in town.

Antoine, was a constipated straight guy, he didn’t find his place in the gay community because of his ugly character and closeted case, and had no sense of FAB.

They grew together, Antonella tried her best to let her brother embrace the love of life, but he always refused it. Jealousy have blinded his eyes and heart from seeing the love Antonella had for him. All he could see was the love of people towards his sister and always envied her for that. He never understood the fact of him not being popular like her. People loved her genuinely. She always managed to grab attention wherever she was, while him, nobody looked at him in her presence.

Antoine decided to run for municipality one day. Antonella was there for him, and she played a major role in his campaign, people voted for him because they loved her so much. But Antoine couldn’t really appreciate that cause his heart was full of hatred.

He hated her so much till he became homophobic against every Fabulous person. It’s not true that gay people are harmless, he used to say, they are malicious, they forbid me of people’s love. He never knew that people could see the hatred in him and his incapacity of loving, and therefore could not love him like they love Antonella, who loved life, loved people, and was humble and glamorous in the same time.

One day, Antoine thought of his position as head of the municipality, and thought to use it for his own personal interest, by revenging from Antonella, so he decided to close Ghost, a place where she used to gather with her friends to have some fun and change some mood, and humiliate his sister in front of people, he conducted her to the police stations of the municipality without having any legitimacy for such an act, removed her clothes, and took pictures of her beautiful body, thinking that people would be disgusted.

What Antoine ignored this time, is that people stood more than ever with Antonella, they cried for seeing her being humiliated in that way, having her body violated, seeing a brother doing such a thing to his sister, making her suffer verbal violence by ignorant policemen, who hit her, and raped her dignity.

What Antoine ignored also, was the fact that Antonella is not weak, she will never have her pride broken, she will never go submissive by force. Antonella this time knew that her brother needs to be taught a lesson. Antonella will take off her high heels and make sure it leaves a mark on Antoine’s head, just because she loved him and she needs him to wake up of his hatred mode.

Let us all be Antonella…

By Joseph Aoun


Canada denies entry to Lebanese pop star over homophobic & sexist lyrics

September 2, 2012 Leave a comment

We were able to confirm the following news so far:

Mohamed Eskandar did not perform in Windsor as scheduled on Aug 31 2012, and in Montreal on Sept. 1 2012. This has been directly confirmed by attendees of the events.

Mohamed Eskandar’s concert in Ottawa tonight, Sept 2 2012 has been “postponed” to an unknown date as reported by the hosting venue on their official FB page.

Screen capture from El Mazaj Restaurant official Facebook page posted on Friday Aug 31 2012

“Mohamed Esknadar’s initial Canadian visa application has been denied. His three concerts in Windsor, Ottawa and Montreal has been canceled.” A reliable source tells Raynbow. Expect to read more details on this soon.
Unconfirmed: El Mazaj restaurant is still trying to bring Mohamed Eskandar to sing in Canada and might be pulling some strings with some Lebanese-Canadian politicians to secure the Lebanese pop star a visa in the coming weeks.

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