The Middle East is not a friendly place for the LGBT community.
In Egypt, gay men are arrested and locked up on charges of “debauchery.” Being gay in Iran can mean a death sentence. Elsewhere in the region, punishments range from lashings to lengthy prison terms.
But here in Lebanon, there’s been steady progress over the past few years.
Although a number of laws criminalizing homosexuality remain on the books (article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code states that “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” is punishable for up to one year in prison), successful prosecutions are rare.