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How Can Beirut Court Foreign Gay Travelers When Lebanon Law Threatens To Lock Them Up?

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By:           MAX SIMON
On:           Oct 27, 2010
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    • ron
      ron

      Any liberal dumb enough to vacation in a muslim country deserves what happens to them. Muslims are savages. Why would you give your money to those ugly stinking dogs, when they just want to kill you?

      Oct 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raja
      Raja

      Ron, you’re an idiot.

      Beirut is a fantastic city and has become a destination for gay people over the last few years because, well, it is fabulous.

      Article 534 hasn’t been applied for over 10 years, and even if it was, you would need to be caught in the act to be arrested.

      I’ve lived in Beirut as an openly gay man for the past 6 years, and I have never had any problems.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raja
      Raja

      @ron: I am always fascinated to see bigoted gay people. It baffles me.

      Not only is your comment ignorant, it is offensive and completely uninformed.

      Get a life and learn that hate leads you nowhere.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Davis
      James Davis

      HELL NO! Any gay person who spends a single $ in this part of the world needs their head examined.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      @ron: Wow, and just how many muslims do you know Ron? Your bigotry and racist attitudes must serve you well wherever it is you live. I have traveled in Lebanon, Kuwait and UAE and have never had a minute’s issue. I have some very dear and close friends who are muslim and I have their respect and they have mine.

      I think you need to get out more and experience different cultures as your post indicates you have led a very sheltered existence or else you’re just a racist homosexual and in that instance I do feel sorry for you.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiGuy76
      ChiGuy76

      @ron: You should also know that Lebanon is 50% Christian and Article 534 is rarely enforced. There is even open LGBT societies working in Lebanon towards it’s repeal. In addition, most Lebanese look toward Europe for cultural leadership and not Saudia Arabia. Most women, even Muslim women, tend to dress in the latest Western fashion, Western movies are extremely popular, and French is widely spoken. The fact that the Lebanese Tourism Board is actively courting the gay currency shows that tolerance and acceptance is growing in Lebanon. However, that being said, this article is correct that gay travelers should exercise caution when traveling there. In fact travelers to the Middle East of all persuasions should exercise caution concerning PDA’s. Gay or Straight, Muslim or Christian (or Jewish), Middle Eastern society frowns on all public forms of intimacy. What you do behind closed doors though is entirely up to you.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

      That law is never enforced. Rhere are a lot of gay people living in Beirut. It’s as liberal as any major US city. I felt more secure there than I did in some parts of the US. Are you forgetting that sodomy was illegal in several states up until 2003? It wasn’t enforced, but it was still a law. Same thing here.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mohamed
      Mohamed

      And Israel’s human rights record is any better? BTW queerty, your line “continuing to read” is a bit lame given that the article you’ve referred to is from August 2009.

      It wouldn’t have anything to do with Israel’s recent gay travel marketing campaign now would it?

      Queerty between this and your wrong photo of the Saudi prince you’re really failing to be a news source, and are no more than a gossip blog.

      At the end of the day should you travel to any part of the world you should practice common sense. Have we forgotten than HIV + men traveling to the US until recently have had to not take their meds with them and go without?

      Oct 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      How Can Beirut Court Foreign Gay Travelers When Lebanon Law Threatens To Lock Them Up?

      The same way Morocco can have laws making homosexuality illegal even though the freakin’ KING is gay.

      All the rich Parisian gays adore Morocco, and Moroccans love their progressive King, so clearly they don’t enforce that law much.

      Oct 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lebanon is NOT friendly to LGBTs
      Lebanon is NOT friendly to LGBTs

      Lebanese Asylum Seeker Wins Round

      Court says justice department must consider gay man’s argument of Hezbollah threat

      Gay City News, March 10, 2005

      By Arthur S. Leonard

      A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, ruled on March 7 that a gay man from Lebanon was entitled to be considered for asylum in the United States based on his reasonable fear of persecution if he were to return to his home country. [snip]

      Karouni, who filed an application for asylum in March 1998, presented an unusually detailed record supporting his claim that he would be persecuted if he returned to Lebanon, showing that the Tyre region, where his family lived, was under the domination of the Hezbollah, a militant Muslim fundamentalist group that strictly enforces the Sharia, under which homosexual acts are a capital offense. Karouni testified that he had been interrogated about his sexuality in his apartment by two armed militants in the fall of 1984, that gay friends and acquaintances had been persecuted and killed and that his sexual identity was widely known in Lebanon.

      (snip)

      http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/world/lebanon/lbnews009.htm

      Oct 28, 2010 at 12:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lebanon is NOT friendly to LGBTs
      Lebanon is NOT friendly to LGBTs

      For the actual court case, see:

      http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1081225.html

      Oct 28, 2010 at 12:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • c
      c

      I’m an out gay college student going to beirut this summer and I can’t wait!

      ya libnan!

      Oct 28, 2010 at 1:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jimmy
      Jimmy

      Queerty you obviously fail bashing Lebanon and its people , and it’s clear that this so called reporter who wrote the article has never ever been to lebanon to judge the situation by himself. He’s just another zionist who has been reading too much israeltoday that hatred and jealousy from the beautiful Lebanon incensed him !!! Dear reader : Never believe what zionists say , always judge by yourself.

      Oct 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ur
      Ur

      Is Lebanon perfect? No, it isn’t. As someone that also lives in Beirut, I feel more comfortable as an out gay male than I did in many parts of the US.

      Americans always seem to bitch about the Middle East, while trying to impose their own culture on it and whatnot. Look at the violence coming from America and take care of it there before attacking the rest of the world for not being in your image.

      Lebanon’s main issue with LGBTIQ rights stems more from class divisions than anything else, where gay establishments are for the wealthy and sleazy sex tourists from the West, while poorer members of the community have fewer options.

      Oct 29, 2010 at 7:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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