On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, ending centuries of internationally legitimized medical homophobia. homophobia is defined as fear of or contempt for homosexuality or homosexuals or the fear of becoming homosexual. its a social phenomenon found in the very structure of the society, much like racism and sexism. in Lebanon, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) not only have to contend with a law that criminalizes same sex behavior, but they are faced with the challenge of proving their very existence. Statements such as "gays don't exist in the arab world", or "gays only exist in the west" are unfortunately very common. LGBT people are subject to harrassment, violence, losing their jobs, being kicked out of schools and risk being shunned by their own families. the reported cases over the past 12 months by HELEM
32 LGBT persons harrassed by the police because of their sexual orientation
25 LGBT persons were very rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation
12 sought assylum abroad based on their sexual orientation
36 were physically and verbally abused because of their sexual orientation
16 faced discrimination at their work because of their sexual orientation
85% surveyed LGBT persons lead a double life fear of discrimination over their sexual orientation (many of them get married)
these are only the numbers reported to Helem. LGBT people are still afraid to report Human Rights violation against them....till WHEN?


  1. Dalaiama said...

    I didn't know that in Lebanon the law criminalizes same sex behavior condemning lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders!
    It doesn't happen in Portugal. In fact, I live in a conservative country, with conservative governments (it's hard to be a communist), but our constitution rights respect all sexual options. The same happens to most countries in Europe.
    Having laws, the written obligation of respect, is better than nothing, but I think in every country we have more or less homofobia, unfortunately.
    Even here we have discrimination, although the law says it's okay to be LGBT.
    We still have to work a lot improving human rights!

  2. Farfahinne said...

    yes...unfortunately in Lebanon we don't have a good report concerning the respect of human rights and the private liberties..the law condemns every "unnatural sexual behavior"! (what's the natural one?) and homosexuals are abused in every aspect of their lives. however, the lebanese society is much more tolerant than other neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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