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

A small warning to anyone who gets caught up in Beirut’s tourism campaign to oust Tel Aviv as the Middle East’s gay capital: you might be able to book a gay-oriented tour, but don’t act all gay on it. At least not without looking both ways first. We continue reading about how Beirut is quickly becoming “the Provincetown” of the region, but keep in mind homosexuality is still a crime in all of Lebanon’s 4,500 square miles thanks to the very much alive Article 534, which calls same-sex relations a crime against nature. And while the locals might feel increasingly liberated about PDA in public, there is no hell quite like having your passport confiscated by law enforcement and figuring out the judicial system of a foreign country. [photo: NYT]