Islamist threats fail to halt Arab Pride week in Lebanon

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Islamist threats failed to halt Beirut’s week-long LGBT Pride festival which is set to be the fist one in Arab world. The event was super successful. More than 4,000 people attended parties, workshops, and conferences as part of the week-long event. Homosexuality is still against the law in Lebanon but there are already some attempts to legalize it, LGBT community is developing. Hadi Damien, an organiser of the event, told The Daily Telegraph that attendance at the week-long festival had “surpassed all initial expectations”. The festival was successful despite terror threats from Islamist groups. The first event was cancelled due to safety concerns after The League of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon condemned the event on social media. Beirut Pride was scheduled to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Some 450 people – four times the anticipated number – attended a public storytelling on Monday evening.

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