Sing a rainbow

Outlet: The Monocle Minute / Editor: Unspecified / Language: English / Date of publication: 12 May 2018 / Estimated reading time: 47 seconds.


Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

Today’s Pride event in Beirut will add weight to the liberal voices who are already speaking out in Lebanon.

The second edition of Beirut Pride kicks off today and will run until next Sunday. The first and only gay pride event in the Arab world, this year’s edition will feature a series of talks, discussions, performances, workshops and parties. There will also be a gender-neutral fashion show and, in a country where homosexual acts remain illegal, a workshop to equip law students on how to defend people prosecuted under the Lebanese penal code. The festival comes barely a week after Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, the first in nearly a decade. Although it was a clear victory for traditional parties and establishment elites, civil-society candidates are making their voices heard and events such as Beirut Pride can only strengthen them.