Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:16

LGBT conference canceled in Lebanon after threats from religious people

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A hotel in Beirut in Lebanon canceled a LGBT conference following threats from religious.

Organized by NGO Proud Lebanon, this conference was on the march of the international day against homophobia and trans phobia.

It should address discrimination, family's support, tolerance and diversity with many personalities, journalists, artists and doctors. According to Proud Lebanon's director, the hotel's officials were afraid of the Ulema, which is a Muslims group.

The Ulema have threatened to protest against the “crime of virtue” in front of the establishment as they said in a statement published on Facebook.

"If the authorities do not assume their role, they will have to face the consequences of the mobilization of all those who care about virtue and honor ... to forbid this conference," they warned.

"These were real threats, so we thought we could organize the event in a public place, but could guarantee the safety of the participants," director of Proud Lebanon Bertho Makso told AFP.

In 2016, this conference had been already canceled but this time following threats from the Christian church.

Lebanon considers same-sex relationships as "unnatural" so homosexuality is always a crime.

The police regularly raid the places where LGBTQ people meet. Moreover, the media representation is rather disgusting. LGBT people are often mocked on television which of course do not favor their integration.