Gay Lebanese scrap pride event because of threats


Gay Lebanese scrap pride event because of threats
  1. Gay Lebanese scrap pride event because of threats
    yourmiddleeast.com
    It was part of Lebanon and the Arab world's first week-long festival to denounce discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.Initially the Beirut Pride group wanted to organise a kind of gay pride rally in the northern coastal town of Batroun, but fearing a backlash from police they dropped the…
    Lebanon

It was part of Lebanon and the Arab world's first week-long festival to denounce discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

Initially the Beirut Pride group wanted to organise a kind of gay pride rally in the northern coastal town of Batroun, but fearing a backlash from police they dropped the plan.

Instead they held a luncheon in a restaurant.

"We were not able to hold a real gay pride parade because the Lebanese government would not have allowed it," said Lea.

Around 40 participants instead snacked on sandwiches and sipped wine or arak as they listened to music and traded jokes.

"This is a private place where no one can bother us... we can close our 'gay pride' without pressure or threats," said Lea, speaking on the terrace of the restaurant.

She said she had been threatened with arrest.

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"The police found out that I am a lesbian... after returning my stolen cell phone and reading the messages my girlfriend and I wrote to each other," she said.

"They told me they could arrest me because I was breaking the law."

LGBT activists are pushing for changes to the Lebanese Penal Code, which currently…

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