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Beirut Pride Was Forcibly Canceled. Lebanon's LGBTQ Community Remains Undeterred.

Behind a building in the northern outskirts of the city, a crowd gathered around a black door. Inside, drag queens beat their faces with makeup to prepare for the Grand Ball, a nod to the queer subculture that flourished in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s, popularized in the famous documentary “Paris is Burning.” On the catwalk, they danced to Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” and other pop songs in Arabic as their young audience roared with applause.

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Beirut Pride Was Forcibly Canceled. Lebanon’s LGBTQ Community Remains Undeterred.

Lebanese LGBTQ people are still struggling with archaic “unnatural action” laws from the days of French colonization.

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After Beirut Pride’s Cancellation, LGBTQ+ Lebanese People Fight Back

Queer Lebanese people explain the importance of Pride, and how they're working toward LGBTQ+ equality in Lebanon.

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In Beirut, Police Presence Lurks Outside LGBTQ Community

Mere minutes before a play was set to begin highlighting queer issues, Hadi Damien, the organizer of Beirut Pride, was found and arrested by members of Lebanon’s anti-vice police and held. Although Beirut is considered to be one of the most queer-friendly cities in the entire Middle East, the police intervention into its Pride celebration is a grim reminder that LGBTIQ+ rights are routinely denied and its community members harassed by governments.

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Beirut Pride's Hadi Damien Q&A: Lebanon's LGBT movement is 'growing'

Earlier this week, Beirut Pride’s second edition was in full swing, with events such as concerts, a workshop on health and HIV, and a conference on LGBT legal rights scheduled up until Sunday.

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Exclusive: Beirut Pride founder says he was forced to cancel events after threats of immorality charges

Hadi Damien, the director of the eight-day festival due to take place between May 12 and 20, was held overnight at Hbeish police station on Monday.

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Lebanon Gay Pride Festival Cancelled By Authorities

Despite Lebanon being seemingly gay-friendly as it has one of the Arab world’s most open and active gay communities. Authorities ended the nine-day festival citing “censorship approval” according to a statement on the Beirut Pride website.

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Beirut Pride ends abruptly after authorities detain organiser

The organiser of Beirut Pride week, Hadi Damien, remains optimistic despite having been detained overnight.

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Lebanon: Police Shutter Pride Events. Crackdown, Arrest of LGBT Activist Violates Rights.

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces arrested a prominent LGBT rights activist and pressured him to cancel Beirut Pride events. The crackdown violates freedom of assembly and association and is a step backward in a country that has made progress toward respecting the rights of LGBT people.

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Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

May 17 marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and should have been celebrated in Lebanon during the Beirut Pride week with a storytelling night from the LGBTQ community. But the event, as well as the rest of the week's activities, were shut down by the Lebanese authorities.

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Beirut Pride, the only gay pride event in the Arab world, cancelled after organizer arrested

Despite having a large Muslim population, Lebanon is considered the most gay-friendly Arab country and the local law prohibiting "any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature" isn't enforced. Last year, it was celebrated for being the first Arab country to allow a gay pride week, but it seems the tradition isn't lasting.

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Not A Shock: The Only Gay Pride Event In The Arab Middle East Has Been Canceled

It may come as no surprise, but the Arab Middle East's only gay pride event has been canceled and its organizer has been arrested.

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Defiance in face of pride cancellation

Members of Beirut’s LGBTQ community vowed to keep fighting for equal rights Wednesday, despite the cancellation of the city’s second-ever pride week.

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Everyone is welcome: the only gay hangout in the Arab world

Everyone is welcome.

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Lebanon authorities block gay pride festival's organiser

Lebanon's LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution.

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Lebanese Censors Demand Shutdown of Reading, Then Beirut Pride

Three days of Pride events — scheduled for May 12-20, 2018 — had already gone off. A reading was scheduled for the evening of May 14: an Arabic reading of Yann Verbugh’s playtext Ogres, which is billed as a “journey to the heart of homophobia in our world today.”

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Lebanon authorities block gay pride festival

Lebanon’s LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended.

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Beirut Pride cancelled after organiser held overnight by authorities

Lebanon last year became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week.

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Beirut Pride cancelled after organiser detained

Last year, Lebanon became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week.

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Beirut Pride cancelled after organiser detained

Last year, Lebanon became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week.

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