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September 3, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee the country if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

LGBTI people in Lebanon fear they will be massacred if ISIS troops penetrate the country.

While the Islamic State fighters (also called ISIS) are currently focused on Syria and Iraq, they have already had skirmishes with Lebanese troops on the border.

And LGBTI people in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, are living in fear they will be targeted if ISIS does make a concerted attack on Lebanon.

Their eyes are now on the Bekaa Valley, a Christian-dominated area in the east of Lebanon where ISIS could break through.

August 15, 2014

Up to 28 people could face jail or expulsion from Lebanon after two raids on hammams believed by police to be meeting spaces for gay and bisexual men

Police have raided a second bathhouse in Beirut, believing it to be popular with gay people, and arrested all the staff.
 
The raid of the Shehrazad Hammam or ‘Turkish bath’ in Burj Hammoud, a Christian suburb of Beirut, took place around noon yesterday.
 

August 15, 2014

Up to 28 people could face jail or expulsion from Lebanon after two raids on hammams believed by police to be meeting spaces for gay and bisexual men

Police have raided a second bathhouse in Beirut, believing it to be popular with gay people, and arrested all the staff.
 
The raid of the Shehrazad Hammam or ‘Turkish bath’ in Burj Hammoud, a Christian suburb of Beirut, took place around noon yesterday.
 

August 13, 2014

The ‘Turkish baths’ in Beirut saw a police raid after a tip-off they were a meeting place for gay sex. Men remain in custody awaiting charges

Police in Lebanon have raided a hammam – or ‘Turkish bathhouse’ – and arrested 27 men after a report it was a meeting place for gay sex.

The raid took place on 9 August and was carried out by the Internal Security Forces, or national police, of the Mediterranean country.

It took place at the privately-owned Agha Hammam baths in the Hamra-Concord area in Beirut.

December 13, 2013

A Lebanese TV show has targeted innocent LGBTI bar-goers by secretly filming them at a drag party

A Lebanese TV show has secretly filmed LGBTI people enjoying an innocent drag night at a bar and branded them ‘perverts’.

The Lilnasher show hosted by Tony Khalife on the New Tv (Al Jadid) channel is well known for tabloid-style reporting.

But this week the gay community of Beirut again found themselves in the firing line.

The revelers at Posh, an LGBTI bar, were celebrating Saint Barbara’s day or Eid il-Burbara.

December 13, 2013

A Lebanese TV show has targeted innocent LGBTI bar-goers by secretly filming them at a drag party

A Lebanese TV show has secretly filmed LGBTI people enjoying an innocent drag night at a bar and branded them ‘perverts’.

The Lilnasher show hosted by Tony Khalife on the New Tv (Al Jadid) channel is well known for tabloid-style reporting.

But this week the gay community of Beirut again found themselves in the firing line.

The revelers at Posh, an LGBTI bar, were celebrating Saint Barbara’s day or Eid il-Burbara.

October 11, 2013

Lebanon’s capital is famous for the Middle East’s most handsome men, inspiring cuisine and open, yet discrete, gay life

When the topic of travel destinations arises amongst travellers, Beirut may as well stop the conversation in its tracks.

However, don’t let anyone dismay you- Lebanon is a complex nation that refuses to be reduced to an evening news sound bite.

To those fortunate enough to see this indomitable city, a knowing smile will be your reward from fellow travellers who have reveled in its nightlife, been wrapped warm by the hospitality of its people, and tasted the rich tapestry of its food.

October 11, 2013

Lebanon’s capital is famous for the Middle East’s most handsome men, inspiring cuisine and open, yet discrete, gay life

When the topic of travel destinations arises amongst travellers, Beirut may as well stop the conversation in its tracks.

However, don’t let anyone dismay you- Lebanon is a complex nation that refuses to be reduced to an evening news sound bite.

To those fortunate enough to see this indomitable city, a knowing smile will be your reward from fellow travellers who have reveled in its nightlife, been wrapped warm by the hospitality of its people, and tasted the rich tapestry of its food.

May 4, 2013

Marwan Charbel, Lebanon’s Minister of Interior declared that being gay is illegal and ‘wondered’ if married French gays should be allowed to enter the country

Lebanese Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel, declared publicly on TV that Lebanon is against ‘sodomy' and rhetorically wondered if married gay French couples should be allowed to enter Lebanon.

During an interview with Al Jadeed TV, Charbel referred to gays in an extremely derogatory religious term, ‘liwat’, referring to the cursed people of Lot, roughly translated as 'sodomy' and sometimes used to denote the meaning of ‘fags’.

May 1, 2013

Lebanese human rights advocates protest demanding Dekwaneh’s mayor be brought to justice for illegal arrest of gay club goers who were stripped naked and photographed, physically and verbally abused

LGBT rights advocates protested in front of the Lebanese Ministry of Justice in Beirut, after gay club goers were victims of abuse and illegal detention.

The rally shows growing confidence and anger in the country’s LGBT population. It is the first time people have come out in such a high-profile way specifically to fight for gay rights and have been prepared to challenge a government department and criticize the use of religion to justify homophobic oppression.

April 24, 2013

Gay and trans party goers rounded, beaten, stripped naked and humiliated by municipal police under direct orders of Beirut, Lebanon suburb mayor Antoine Shakhtoura

Municipal police rounded clubbers outside Beirut’s prime gay club, Ghost, arrested and transported them back in their car boots to the police station where they were forced to strip naked, photographed, beaten and humiliated.

According to Roy Khouri, Gay Middle East’s Beirut correspondent, all the detainees (five gay Syrians and a Lebanese trans woman) were severly beaten and transported in the boot of officers’ cars in the early hours of Sunday (21 April).

October 17, 2012

Three people were questioned for nearly a day over allegedly spreading rumors that a famous Lebanese TV personality is gay

Lebanese police in Beirut questioned three people yesterday (16 October) for allegedly spreading rumors that TV presenter Joe Maalouf is gay.

In July, Murr TV’s (MTV) celebrity Joe Maalouf’s made allegations on his program Enta Horr that authorities are protecting ‘faggots’ and ‘perverts in cinemas’ which he described as ‘safe havens’ of ‘debauchery’, demanding swift action by the authorities against them.

August 17, 2012

Two men who were caught yesterday having sex in car in Beirut were arrested and publicly outed

Two Lebanese men were detained last night (16 August) on suspicion of’ indecent acts’ in the Ashrafieh neighbourhood, Beirut.

The men, aged 42 and 22, were reported to having been caught having gay sex in a car.

Lebanese Murr TV (MTV) has publicly outed them, publishing their full names and ages.

According to the Lebanese Ministry of Information the two men were handed over to the vice squad upon request from the judicial authorities.

August 11, 2012

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protested demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and virginal exams

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protest this morning (11 August) in front of the Lebanese ministry of justice in Beirut, demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and vaginal exams (used to test for virginity).

This historic protest was the biggest ever public demonstration of LGBT advocates and their supporter in the Arab world, and a very rare occasion. The only other protest happened in 2008, also in Beirut.

August 2, 2012

Three men remain in custody after 'testing positive' for gay sex using discredited anal probe exams. The incident has sparked a public debate in Lebanon about legalizing gay sex

The 36 men arrested at a gay porn cinema in Beirut have had to pay for an anal probe exam to be conducted on them, despite it being a form of torture.

According to Helem, the LGBT advocacy charity in Lebanon, 33 of the 36 men arrested on Saturday have now been released on bail but may still be charged and face a court case.

July 31, 2012

Doctors called in to conduct anal exams on men arrested in police raid. TV presenter Joe Maalouf who sparked police action threatens law suit over claims he is gay

Vice police in Lebanon have conducted anal exams on the 36 men who were arrested in a sting operation on a gay porn cinema.

The men were arrested in a police raid on the gay porn cinema in Beirut on Saturday (28 July). The cinema is famous for being a place where men meet to have sex with other men.

Of the 36 arrested, an unknown number have now been released after having an anal probe exam by an unnamed doctor.

July 31, 2012

Doctors called in to conduct anal exams on men arrested in police raid. TV presenter Joe Maalouf who sparked police action threatens law suit over claims he is gay

Vice police in Lebanon have conducted anal exams on the 36 men who were arrested in a sting operation on a gay porn cinema.

The men were arrested in a police raid on the gay porn cinema in Beirut on Saturday (28 July). The cinema is famous for being a place where men meet to have sex with other men.

Of the 36 arrested, an unknown number have now been released after having an anal probe exam by an unnamed doctor.

July 29, 2012

36 men arrested in Beirut, Lebanon for alleged gay debauchery after TV show unveiled activity in porn cinemas

Thirty six men were arrested yesterday (28 July) in a porn cinema in Beirut, Lebanon, Gay Star News can reveal.

Police raided Plaza Cinema, Beirut, which screens porn films and is famous for being a cruising spot, arresting 36 people including the owner, reported the Lebanese Murr TV (MTV) channel.

MTV’s report was written in a highly inflammatory language designed to stir up anti-gay feelings.

June 8, 2012

A visit to Lebanon reveals Roman treasures, natural wonders, outstanding food, cosmopolitan fun and a growing gay scene

Lebanon is a melting pot of European, Mediterranean, eastern and western cultures.

The St Georges Beach and Marina is the best example of this and is the best place for those who wish to mix and mingle with the locals. Here the hottest beauties the city has to offer lounge around in their swimwear. Sadly photography is not permitted but Zaitunay Bay is THE marina in Lebanon where the largest yachts and all that goes with them can be found.

June 8, 2012

A visit to Lebanon reveals Roman treasures, natural wonders, outstanding food, cosmopolitan fun and a growing gay scene

Lebanon is a melting pot of European, Mediterranean, eastern and western cultures.

The St Georges Beach and Marina is the best example of this and is the best place for those who wish to mix and mingle with the locals. Here the hottest beauties the city has to offer lounge around in their swimwear. Sadly photography is not permitted but Zaitunay Bay is THE marina in Lebanon where the largest yachts and all that goes with them can be found.