Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment. First Arab country to declassify being gay as a ‘disease’

  • metta

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    Jul 12, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    Lebanon: Being gay is not a disease and needs no treatment

    First Arab country to declassify being gay as a ‘disease’

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/lebanon-being-gay-is-not-a-disease-and-needs-no-treatment/
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    Jul 12, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    Finally. Happy to hear.
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    Jul 12, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon
    Lebanon is a parliamentary democracy, which implements a special system known as confessionalism.[87] This system is intended to deter sectarian conflict and attempts to fairly represent the demographic distribution of the 18 recognized religious groups in government.[88][89] High-ranking offices are reserved for members of specific religious groups. The President, for example, has to be a Maronite Christian, the Prime Minister a Sunni Muslim, the Speaker of the Parliament a Shi’a Muslim, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eastern Orthodox.[90][91]

    Until 1975, Freedom House considered Lebanon to be one of only two (together with Israel) politically free countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.[92] The country lost this status with the outbreak of the Civil War, and never regained it again. Lebanon was rated as "Partly Free" in 2013

    The Lebanese legal system is based on the French system, and is a civil law country, with the exception for matters related to personal status (heritage, marriage, divorce, etc.), which are governed by a separate set of laws designed for each sectarian community. For instance, the Islamic personal status laws are inspired by the Sharia law.[97] For Muslims, these tribunals deal with questions of marriage, divorce, custody, and inheritance and wills. For non-Muslims. personal status jurisdiction is split: the law of inheritance and wills falls under national civil jurisdiction, while Christian and Jewish religious courts are competent for marriage, divorce, and custody. Catholics can additionally appeal before the Vatican Rota court.

    Lebanon’s economy follows a laissez-faire model.[106] Most of the economy is dollarized, and the country has no restrictions on the movement of capital across its borders.[106] The Lebanese government’s intervention in foreign trade is minimal

    Lebanon is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East.[155] The CIA World Factbook estimates that the population is 59.7% Muslim and 39% Christian, with other religions and non-believers accounting for the remaining 1.3%.[6] A study conducted by the Lebanese Information Center and based on voter registration numbers shows that by 2011 the Christian population fell to 34.35%, while the Muslims rose to 65.47%

    Listed by the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Information Technology Report, Lebanon has been ranked globally as the fifth best country for math and science education, and as the tenth best overall for quality of education.
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    Jul 12, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    Good to hear. And thanks theantijock for the brief summary of Lebanon 101.
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    Jul 12, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    uberick saidGood to hear. And thanks theantijock for the brief summary of Lebanon 101.


    Funny.

    A while back a colleague of mine was from Lebanon so I was aware of the Christianity there which made this more interesting to me, Lebanon being both a Muslim and a Christian society, not quite what we'd normally think of as gay-friendly, so I thought to wiki the place.
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    Jul 12, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    Not a surprise that the Arab country with the smallest percentage of Muslim is also the most gay-friendly.
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    Jul 12, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    Lebanon has always been "different"

    The religious diversity has pretty much written tolerance into its culture.
  • metta

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    Mar 10, 2014 4:49 PM GMT
    Lebanon Just Did a Whole Lot More Than Legalize Being Gay

    "The landmark ruling originated in a case brought against a transwoman, yet coverage of the “historic statement” has almost exclusively used the word gay"


    http://muftah.org/lebanon-just-whole-lot-legalize-gay/
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    Mar 11, 2014 10:09 PM GMT
    This is great newsicon_biggrin.gif Now if only the fierce Islamic theocracies like Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia would get out of the dark ages and accept the fact that homosexuality is just as pure and natural as heterosexuality and that it is not a mental disease or a choice.
  • shutoman

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    Mar 11, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    Nice work, Lebanon! And, to my mind, very surprising albeit that they do seem to have a disproportionate number of gay men.
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    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

    Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.



    theantijock said on this thread http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4221027
    GymFreak aka theantiCock said
    theantijock said...except that CNN recorded his own "Palestinian" father threatening his own son with death, you fucking moron.


    Maybe because "John Calvin" was threatening his own family? He is a sellout loser.


    You call this kid, who left his family home in fear at 14, this kid saving his own life from being killed by his own family, this kid as selling out?

    There is not one good person on this forum, not one good person in this country, not one good person on this planet, not one good person known to God who would read that and not think that you are disgusting.

    You
    Are
    Disgusting

    Oh, that, and I'm forgetting my manners: fuck you.


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