Whatever prejudices you know about against the Middle East , Lebanon does not fit into any of them. In total, there are 18 religious currents. That means you can see shorts and short skirts as well as headscarves on the streets. In the capital Beirut everything mixes and here the motto seems to apply: live and let live. However, in the capital it always looks a bit different than in the rest of the country. Furthermore, there is no law in the country that explicitly lists homosexuality as illegal.
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There is a historical paradox: the last decades, not the preceding centuries or millennia, seem to shape the present. The homoerotism of 8th century poet Abu Nawas , the medieval love between Hind and Al-Zarqa - a history of queer desire in the Middle East vanished under the rug of a briefer history of desiring the Middle East. Arriving colonies or American corps, Baudelaire's exoticism or Hollywood's, a struggle for independence or a fear of foreign interference - East vs. West, an inevitable by-product, arguably as old as the Greeks' possessive longing for Troy. Damage is done. The struggle for gay rights in the Middle East cannot turn a blind eye toward this binary.
I n , when Boy George shouted at his concert in Beirut: "Lebanon needs a dose of camp! The gay scene in Lebanon has certainly changed during the last 13 years, but the real challenges are still ahead. Not that the camp wasn't there already.
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