The Beirut Pride positions itself as a collaborative platform that takes a positive stance against hate and discrimination. It denounces hate speech and violence in general, especially those based on gender and sexual diversity, through social awareness initiatives that advocate non-agression and an unbiased approach to preconceived ideas. It aims at promoting self-affirmation and dignity through the contribution of many players from the Lebanese creative industries as well as local human rights NGOs. “It is not because you think the other might be different from you that it is ok to bully, harass, humiliate, bash and aggress.” In this frame, the Beirut Pride is articulated around May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and programmes. It celebrates humanity and diversity and is an invitation to transcend labels and stereotypes aiming for a healthy, sustainable Lebanese society, away from hate and discrimination.
The first instalment of the Beirut Pride took place May 14–21, 2017 and featured a series of talks, discussions, get-togethers, projections, performances, workshops, parties and collaborations, all of them being open to the public.
Beirut Pride announces the call for proposals for its second edition in May 2018.
Submit your ideas, initiatives and projects, and be aligned with the Beirut Pride statement.
Deadline for submitting proposals: 22 November 2017.