Even though that LGBT people in Lebanon live with certain rights and in better conditions than other countries in the Middle East, LGBT people is still facing a lot of problems from the society. A poll done by the Pew Research Center in 2007 shows that 79% of Lebanese believe "Homosexuality should be rejected", as opposed to 18% who believe "homosexuality should be accepted.
Male to male relationships: Not legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to female relationships: Not legal
Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law
More en Lebanese law at ilga.org
Helem leads a peaceful struggle for the liberation of LGBT, and other persons with non-conforming sexuality or gender identity in Lebanon from all sorts of violations of civil, political, economic, social, or cultural rights. Helem is a non-governmental non-profit organization. It presented its notification of association to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior on 4 September 2004. Although it focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, Helem's membership is open to any person who shares our values based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Helem is also strongly opposed to any kind of segregation, both in the services it offers or in the struggle it leads.
Helem's primary goal is the annulment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code which punishes "unnatural sexual intercourse". This law is primarily used to target persons with non-conforming sexuality or gender identity, through the violation of privacy and by denial of basic human rights. The abolishment of this law, along with other laws that criminalize non-conforming sexuality or gender identity, will help reduce state and societal persecution and pave the way to achieving equality for the LGBT community in Lebanon.
- Meem: http://meemgroup.org/news/
Launched on August 4, 2007, Meem is a community of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and transgender persons (including male-to-female and female-to-male) in addition to women questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity in Lebanon. We believe in diversity. Meem is based on values of empowerment, support, confidentiality, and respect. The group was created on the idea that women should be encouraged to empower themselves and each other through mutual support.