Lebanese Doctors Ban Using Anal Exam To Charge Men With Homosexuality

The practice of examining a man’s anus to determine if he is gay has finally been banned in Lebanon, reports the Daily Star. The Order of Physicians, Lebanon’s answer to the American Medical Association, has stated that any physician caught engaging in rectal dilation surveys will face disciplinary action.

Sharaf abu Sharaf, head of The Order, didn’t mince word: “Such techniques do not give the desired result and constitute a gross violation of the rights of persons who are subject to it without their consent. The practice is humiliating and is torture in violation of the [United Nations] Convention Against Torture.”

The practice gained international attention recently when nearly three dozen men were caught by Lebanese authorities at a gay porn theater. The men were subjected to police harassment, detainment and criminal prosecution.

Human-rights activist Nizar Saghieh admitted he was surprised the directive was adopted by both the Order of Physicians and the nation’s Judicial Ministry: “I am really thankful that [our] demands were accepted.”

There are concerns, however, that despite assurances from Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, the examinations will continue and that those who refuse them will be seen as admitting their guilt.  “[I want Qortbawi] “to clarify this position—to say in a very clear way that he is for or against these tests,” said Saghieh.

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  • ScaryRussianHeather

    “What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title—whether it’s ‘black actor,’ a ‘gay actor’ or ‘anything’ actor,” Bomer recently told E! online. “Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that’s not where equality comes from. Equality comes from treating everybody the same regardless of who they are.”

    “True enough. Meanwhile, we’re still Team Skarsgard.”

    Is that “true enough” Queerty? Odd, since Adam Lambert has been taking a daily browbeating for saying the same thing, while being a high profile LGBT entertainer doing his part for the community for years.

  • ScaryRussianHeather

    ^^ LOL wrong thread

  • RJM

    Hmm…this really must upset the physicians that have to stop this procedure

  • I won't grow up

    Whats this about lesbians and anal exams?…..What?……nevermind!

  • Triple S

    You can’t trust there words. They’ll say all kinds of things to get the West of their back, and then continue. It’s horrific, but they just won’t stop. If their bloody Qur’an says to do or act (or not act) in a certain way, then they will make damn sure that that is followed TO THE LETTER.

    If you’re not with Islam, you are against and must be obliterated. Unfortunately, that’s what gay men fall under. Lesbians don’t have it anywhere near as bad as, for some reason, their existence isn’t as threatening to everyone else.

    Religion has indoctrinated everyone their into a perpetual state of madness and insanity.

  • Ti

    @Ogre Magi: Me too. They’re hateful people. They should stay in their third world countries.

  • YaomingYaomingYaoming

    What exactly are they trying to find out with these anal exams… if you’ve been fisting (fisted)?

  • GM

    @Ogre Magi: Yeah, deal in absolutes why don’t ya. Never anything wrong with that

  • John

    what the hell does this have to do with hating muslims? Lebanon is both christian and muslim and the christian clergy is just as conservative as the muslim clerics. Racists are so ignorant.

  • Global Traveler

    This story is like a broken elevator. Wrong on every level. Where in the world are all the normal people when this bullshit is going on?

  • Phil

    @Kris: The real tragic misunderstanding about anuses is the one that’s left half a million gay men dead and the same number stricken with a gruesome illness that cannot be cured and may well end up killing them.

    The anus did not evolve for sex, and there’s a cavalcade of medical horrors that bears this out.

  • Elie B

    Just so you all know, the fight is still going on and tomorrow there’s a gay march infront of the Ministry of Justice to stand once and for all for these tests, hopefully abolishing the condemning gay law.

    Note that this raid happened because a gay tv host publicly pointed out that this theater exists and is “Immoral” funny enough he wouldnt have known about it hadnt he had some pounding there. Thats when the police raided the place. But thank God for HELEM (our LGBTQ rights protector) who has been working non stop to help out these poor guys.

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