L’Orient Le Jour: bravo and thanks for shedding light on the alarmingly limited rights and living conditions for sexual minorities in Lebanon

This very informative video lasts less than five minutes. It is in French and sub-titled in English. Under the YouTube video, we can read the following:

Beirut, a city of refuge in the Arab world for the LGBTQ+ community? If the Lebanese capital has such a positive image, it’s not from nowhere. It’s the result of years of activism.

These few victories should not, however, conceal a much darker reality in Lebanon. The country’s political, social and economic crises are growing and have especially impacted the LGBTQ+ community, according to observers on the ground.

From the economic downfall to the explosion in the port of Beirut, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic, recent events have destroyed some of this community’s safe havens and reduced an already fragile level of freedom.

This is a step backward in a country that, despite its tolerant image, has always maintained a homophobic legislative framework, and where negative public perceptions of LGBTQ+ people prevail.

For Pride Month, a worldwide celebration held every year in June as a reminder of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, we explain it all to you in just five minutes”.

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