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Debates on the participation of women and being ‘out’ (A Lebanese LGBT History Post)

April 5, 2012


When Clubfree was first created in the late 1990s, it was a secret group. In order to join, you needed to know at least one other member, and the initial meeting was always done in a public space. There was endless talk about how public the group should be, and whether or not the group […]

Working with the media (A Lebanese LGBT History Post)

March 22, 2012


One of the most important things that Helem did in the early days was introduce the proper Arabic words for LGBT related things into the public, and more importantly, into the media. Insulting words like pervert, sexual deviant, and citizen of Lot were used interchangeably with the word gay. Helem introduced the word “Mithliyeen” less […]

A call to action by Bekhsoos (A Lebanese LGBT History Post)

March 21, 2012


Here’s another post about important Lebanese LGBT milestones, featuring a piece by the amazing Nadz. On September 7, 2009, Bekhsoos relaunched their blog. For the first time, you had a collective of queer people in Lebanon that would regularly post about issues related to them. Bekhsoos is a key milestone in the LGBT movement in […]

Figuring out the real history (A Lebanese LGBT History Post)

March 20, 2012


A few days ago, I fell upon a history of the LGBT movement in Lebanon written by a member of Helem. I have learned to take everything that comes out of Helem members with a grain of salt, but I was baffled by some of the inaccuracies I found in there, or rather, how much […]