Gay Guide

Lebanon
Pink Star Rating

5

Capital

Beirut

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Tripoli, Zahlah, Sidon

Scene and Culture

In Lebanon homosexual acts are illegal, though there is greater tolerance than other Middle Eastern countries. However, homosexuality is still not that accepted by Lebanese society and there are virtually no gay organisations. Most gay life is secret and closeted. However, in 2004 a human rights group called Hurriyyat Khassa or Private Liberties campaigned for the repeal of Article 534 of Lebanon's penal code by screening the film "Victim". The Lebanese gay scene is concentrated in Beirut. There are a number of mixed pubs, clubs, cafes, beaches and baths where you can meet other gays and lesbians. Visitors are however advised to be discreet. If cruising you should be sure that anyone you come into contact is gay not taking the first step if you're unsure.

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Illegal

Legal Notes

The Lebanese penal code punishes homosexuality in a very wide definition which is "all physical contact and union against nature" (article 534). Of course all depends of what is meant by "against nature". As far as the Lebanese society is concerned all homosexuality is considered "as union against nature". The maximum penalty is one year imprisonment.

Population

3.57 million

Currency

Pound £L

Climate

The best time to visit Lebanon is during the summer months from April to October. If heat is a problem for you come in April or September/October.

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate with a wide variation in climatic conditions. Summers are generally hot and dry while winters are warm and moist. Temperatures and precipitation vary depending on altitude, while winters are cooler on the central plateau region and on the coast. Precipitation, in general, decreases from west to east, with most rainfall occurring in the winter months. Average annual precipitation in Beirut is 920 mm and average temperature ranges are from 11c to 17c in January to 23c to 32c in August.

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