A Lebanon event to fight against LGBTI discrimination was canceled after threats from religious figures.
Proud Lebanon wished to host a International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event, attended by journalists, artists and doctors.
However, organizers said they had to cancel the event due to security issues.
‘The Association of Muslim Scholars threatened to hold protests in front of the hotel, which finally cancelled the event,’ said Proud Lebanon director Bertho Makso.
The Muslim group said Proud Lebanon was facing its ‘last warning’ on Sunday, calling the government to ban the conference that it considered a ‘crime against virtue’.
‘If the authorities do not live up to their role, they will have to face the consequences,’ it said.
Makso told AFP they suffered ‘real threats’.
‘We then thought of holding the event in a public place, but who could guarantee the safety of the participants?’ he said.
The conference was to focus on family support for LGBTI children, and would have included a documentary screening collecting testimonies of LGBTI victims of discrimination.
The Lebanon penal code punishes homosexuality by up to one year in prison.