In Helem's health initiatives, we adopt a rights-based approach that recognizes the particularities of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and sexual health relative to LGBTs. We are partnered with local NGOs in long term projects that aim to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and STIs among LGBTs and to place the sexual health concerns of sexual minorities on the agendas of policy-makers and health practitioners.
In order to break the silence surrounding sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular, Helem has consistently promoted the idea that knowledge is the key to openness, tolerance and acceptance. We aim to counter the lack of information (particularly in Arabic) and the pervasive misinformation about homosexuality by providing objective, factual information, initiating dialogue, and refuting common misconceptions about homosexuality.
We do this through lectures and workshops, original publications , media outreach, and awareness campaigns and events.
Legal persecution of homosexuals in Lebanon is justified through law 534 of the Lebanese penal code, which states that “unnatural sexual intercourse” is punishable by up to one year imprisonment. 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, a non-governmental organization working towards justice and equality for all LGBTIQ+ people in Lebanon and the SWANA region.
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