Location : Beyrouth
Creation : 2013
Local issues : The Lebanese legislation is particularly ambiguous on homosexuality. Article 534 of the Penal Code with a one-year imprisonment any relations ‘contradicting the laws of nature’ is often used to hinder any claims on sexual and physical rights. Marginalised, LGBTI people are often prosecuted or victims of arbitrary detentions. Outside Beyrouth, they are subjected to greater discrimination, where the lack of suitable measures increases the vulnerability and the risks. This observation is particularly relevant for LGBTI refugees who face arbitrariness from Lebanese authorities (Lebanon hosts more than one million two hundred thousand Syrian refugees).
Missions : Proud Lebanon fights against the discrimination of homosexuals in Lebanon and more generally of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexual). The activities focus on 4 areas:
- Legal advice (lawyers’ advice, legal assistance, intervention upon arbitrary arrests, assisting in the process to obtain of the refugee status with the HCR…),
- Prevention (awareness and screening of sexually transmitted diseases),
- Psychological support for victims of torture,
- Awareness and reinforcement of the skills of the LGBTI community.
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Partnership with AEDH : 2015
AEDH Support : AEDH has contributed to preparing the new office of Proud Lebanon, the true core of the organisation, where the legal assistance and psycho-social support as well as education is carried out.