Beirut Pride is a collaborative platform that takes a positive stance against hate and discrimination based on gender and sexual diversity. It denounces hate speech and violence through social initiatives that advocate non-aggression and an unbiased approach to preconceived ideas. It promotes self-affirmation and dignity through the contribution of many players from the Lebanese creative industries.
In this frame, Beirut Pride is articulated around May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. 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 installment of 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 open to the public. The second installment, scheduled May 12–20, 2018 was interrupted by the General Prosecutor of Beirut after organiser Hadi Damien was arrested on Monday, May 14, 2018 on the grounds of an ill-fabricated progam by homophobes that claimed to be that of Beirut Pride.
The logo of Beirut Pride was designed by boutique agency /loremipsum/. The capital B and P are playfully united in a radiant mixture of rainbow colours.