Helem.net Middle Eastern Gay Rights Activists

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    Jul 18, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    Mission Statement
    Helem leads a peaceful struggle for the liberation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Lebanon from all sorts of legal, social and cultural discrimination.
    Helem (the Arabic acronym of "Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders"), is a non-governmental non-profit organization. It presented its notification of association to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior on 4 September 2004.
    Although it focuses on gay and lesbian issues, Helem membership is open to any person who shares our values based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Helem is also strongly opposed to any kind of segregation, both in the services it offers or in the struggle it leads.
    Helem's primary goal is the annulment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code which punishes "unnatural sexual intercourse". This law is primarily used to target the LGBT community by violating the privacy of its members and by denying them basic human rights. The abolishment of this law will help reduce state and societal persecution and pave the way to achieving equality for the LGBT community in Lebanon. Helem's other main objective is to counter the AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted diseases while advocating for the rights of patients
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    Jul 18, 2009 5:43 PM GMT

    It has been posted before. It should be noted that we have Meem (http://www.meemgroup.org/) as well which is a Lesbian group in Lebanon.

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    Jul 18, 2009 6:16 PM GMT
    I love that lebanon is taking up this revolution, and trying to extend there hand to all arabs in the middle east and not just in lebanon!

    I head of Meem as well, just didnt find a reason to post it here.