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Homosexuality remains a crime in Lebanon, but the country is unusual and unique among Arab-majority nations in that it has a small internal gay rights movement. The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also...

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Criminal Law

Article 534, prohibits having sexual relations that are "contradicting the laws of nature," which is punishable by up to a year in prison. This prohibits male homosexuality, along with adultery, sodomy and fornication. While for females (Lesbians) sexual activities are not illegal, due to the fact that it does not involve penetration. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. ... François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ... Fornication is a term which refers to sexual intercourse between consenting unmarried partners. ...


As a practical matter, enforcement of the law is varied and often occurs through occasional police harassment and arrests. In 2002, the police broke into a women's house after her mother claimed that her daughter had stolen some money and jewelery. Upon entering the house, the police found the woman having sexual relations with another woman and charged them both with the crime of sodomy[1]. Other arrests of gay couples, or police raids of nightclubs where gay men patronize, frequently appear in local newspapers. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ...


In November of 2005, the Lebanese police raided "Acid Nightclub" in Sin el Fil, and arrested a group of gay men, but released them all after three days. Similar police raids of public or private places where gay men gather are common. Yet the law is not fully applied as it hasn't been any real practice of that law on any gay person. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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 [2]. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Community

In 2002, a gay rights organization was started up in Lebanon. The "Hurriyyat Khassa" or Private Liberties seeks to reform Article 534 of the criminal code so that sexual relations between consenting adults in private are no longer a crime. Another gay rights organization in Lebanon is called "Helem" ("Dream" in Arabic and an acronym for the Lebanese Protection for Homosexuals). These organizations have staged a few public demonstrations, lectures, fundraisers for AIDS education, charitable events and exhibitions of films and have been interviewed by the Lebanese media. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also...


In 2004 gay rights supporters hosted a showing of the 1961 British film Victim at the American University in Beirut. After the video, a heated discussion followed between advocates for gay rights, and those who felt that homosexuality should remain illegal, based on traditional religious moral values.[3]. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Victim is a 1961 British film directed by Basil Dearden, starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms. ... The American University of Beirut (AUB) is a private, independent, non-sectarian university founded in 1866 in Beirut, Lebanon. ...


In 2004 the fashion magazine Aishti sponsored a series of advertisements on Beirut billboards with three men and three women embracing. The six were fashionably dressed in different color tops representing the gay rainbow flag. The billboards read: "Vote For Tolerance" [4]. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aïshti is a Lebanese luxury and stylish department chain store which features fashion and clothing from top designers. ...


While these organizations have been permitted to exist, and gain some degree of publicity, they have little public support. According to one of the founders of "Private Liberties," the organization has some support from lawyers, doctors and journalists that have worked on human rights issues, along with some left-wing members of the "Khatt Mubashir." Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ...


Lebanon is the only Middle-east country besides Israel and Turkey which showed the film Brokeback Mountain. Circuit Planete started showing the movie on March 23rd, 2006 and ran it for a month. In Lebanon, the movie’s duration is 2 hours and 10 minutes which is only 4 minutes less than the original uncensored movie. This leads to speculation about whether the movie will be censored or kept as it is. Nevertheless, it was a step forward for Lebanese theaters. Brokeback Mountain is an Academy Award-winning 2005 film that depicts the complex emotional, sexual, and romantic relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983. ...


2006 also witnessed the opening of more gay-positive venues in Beirut. In addition to the famously gay-friendly clubs Acid and X-OM, the club UV reopened in May after a long absence, possibly caused by the police. As for bars, gay-owned Walimat Wardeh has become increasingly more popular, and has been joined by a new bear bar Wolf. Wolf has received criticism, however, for its discrimination against "feminine" gay men. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


In May 2006, Helem and La CD-Theque published the first book in Arabic about Homophobia. On May 19, Helem organized a book-signing event in the presence of the Lebanese media. "Homophobia: Views and Positions" (رهاب المثلية: مواقف وشهادات) is the first book of its kind in Arabic in the region. Bringing together some of Lebanon's most gifted writers as well as a host of local intellectuals and activists, Homophobia is a book that challenges and sparks much needed debate in our societies about the violence that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals face and the silence that protects and condones it. [5]


Politics

None of the political parties or factions have publicly endorsed any of the goals of these human rights organizations. The Lebanese gay community came in direct contact with many different Lebanese political figures in the Beirut Marathon, the Cedar Revolution and also during the relief efforts done to aid the refugees of the War Israel had with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah unofficially congratulated Helem for their relief efforts in the Sanayii Public-Garden temporary refugee-shelter. The Free Patriotic Movement provided Helem with an honorary award for the same reason. On the other hand, On May 29 2006, Al-Arabiya.net ran a piece in which Beirut municipality council member Saad-Eddine Wazzan publicly called on Lebanese PM Fouad Sanyoura and Minister of Interior Ahmad Fatfat to shut down Helem.[6] The June 16th Friday sermons in the mosques of Beirut condemned homosexuality and pointed to the fact that Beirut has a licensed LGBT organization called Helem. The sermons also called on the government to provide explanations. Lebanon's acting Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat denied on Saturday charges by conservative Muslim clerics that the government had approved a gay rights group.[7] For other uses, see Hezbollah (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hezbollah (disambiguation). ...


In 2003 Lebanese media reported that the Lebanon Dunkin Donuts store refused to serve customers that looked gay. The policy was defended by the General Manager, "We have kids of all ages coming to our shop, and I want the parents to be assured that when their kids come here they are being taken care of,” she said. [8]. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Food companies of the United States | Donuts | Corporations with naming rights of indoor arenas ...


In 2003 the Lebanese drag queen entertainer named Bassem Feghali had to temporarily give up his cross-dressing career to serve one year in the military according to Lebanese law, which requires all men to serve in the military. After his military service, Feghali returned to his successful career of impersonating female celebrities [9]. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


In 2005 a group of Lebanese gay men fled to the Netherlands, seeking asylum. They argued that, because homosexuality is a crime in Lebanon, they would be treated as criminals if they returned to Lebanon [10]. Canada has given some Lebanese gays asylum. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006 Helem celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia in Monroe Hotel Downtown.[11] [12] The event was a great success and was protected by the Lebanese Police. IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) is an event taking place on May 17 aimed at decreasing homophobia worldwide. ...


AIDS-HIV

The AIDS-HIV topic is getting out of the box to open discussions in Lebanon, more than other areas in the Middle East, as Lebanon is the first country in ME in handling HIV/AIDS issues. The first reported cases of infection were in 1984, and misinformation about the virus is still commonplace. The Lebanese AIDS Society, The Lebanese Red Cross Youth, and Helem are all NGOs providing education and treatment options. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Anarchist Black Cross was originally called the Anarchist Red Cross. The band Redd Kross was originally called Red Cross. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... NGO is an abbreviation or code for: Non-governmental organization Nagoya Airport (IATA code) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The Lebanon government reports that 756 infected persons are living in Lebanon, but most public health advocates believe that the actual number of much larger, possibly in the several thousands. The UN estimated that around 2,800 are infected [13].


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