The Case of Lesbians in Lebanon

Katia Aoun HageIt is with deep concern that I put on the table of discussion the case of lesbians in Lebanon. It has come to my attention, during my last visit, that some places, bars, restaurants are implicitly linked to their presence. Although it is reassuring to know that there are some safe havens, it remains very alarming the way lesbians are perceived and the extent of sarcasm and degradation that they so often endure. Our society labels and sequesters its lesbian members. It treats them as being abnormal, leprous, opposing the laws of nature and God. It remains to argue that the Bible or the Quran underline lesbianism as being unethical and therefore sinful. These words and texts can be interpreted in different ways, and can either harm or include lesbian women in our society.

What seems to be more tragic, in my opinion, is the ignorance and the fear of the straight woman or man from someone they do not understand, or who falls outside the usual norms. This damning judgment can drive these women to run away from the harsh reality that they face. If they are not brave enough to come out with who they are, they are bound to sink in depression, drugs, alcoholism, leading sometimes to suicide. And if they do proclaim what they hold true in their being, these women are faced with rejection from their own family, who think that they have become a sign of shame and they have destroyed the future held by their parents, as well as their friends and the people they know.

I have learned through the years that sexuality does not define your role or place in society. Being aware of it helps build safe and trusting relationships. Nobody would want to be fooled by his loved one. Faithfulness, respect and love are the tools to measure the health of any kind of relationship. Last, it is important to keep in mind that every woman, regardless of her sexual inclinations, has the right to be respected, to be loved, to have a place in the society which she belongs to.

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  1. Thank you so much for this post… At last someone is breaking taboos and saying things out loud without being afraid. And thank you for this wonderful blog. I also visited the Facebook Page. Best wishes !! Your fight gives hope to so many discriminated women…

  2. You should also see what is happening in the UAE… I live in Qatar. As a woman and a lesbian, i fear for my life. Oppression is doubled in my case. Better to live in Europe or North America. And true, time to reinterpret the Sacred Scriptures.

  3. thank you katia for making this stamen! I absolutely agree with you. I don’t think your
    sexuality defense the person you are. I think the LGBT people get discriminated and abuse both physically and mentally witch isn’t fair. we are people just like you , there are gay and lesbian people everywhere but you wouldn’t know it and people love them,but if they came out those same people would attack them. Whats the difference between yesterday and today ! nothing !!!! They are still the same person ! someone sexuality is not the only thing that describes them ! it isn’t wrong or bad to be gay or lesbian its just something you are!

  4. This is sad.. perhaps I am late to comment, however it is an indicator that something needs to be done.
    It’s horrible that although males of certain regions in the Middle East and GCC.are obviously allowed to do what they want. The patriarchal hypocrisy is to stigmatize females who love females.
    We are in the process of setting up an online community. Unlike any other. With free coucelling, information for youth in question, as well as women who seem to be conflicted at later age (since they complied with societal conformity).
    Your article is touching on a minute example of a larger issue. Reform, education, tolerance need to be practiced, not merely a one off topic.. continue to engage and understand the climate we live in.

  5. All this is useless.. why don’t u be ur self? why cant you live your life normaly like others.. Since when this exist to be? Ladies, why should you go for lesbianism when you can go for guys.. you can fall in love and have love whenever uou want and can satisfy your needa.. whats the problem in that? think about it? why u r like that? and how it grow up with you, thinking and feeling with something weired inside your body like fire or hotness that is telling you to make a sin.. why? what is the reaso behind that.. ofcourse , there is a cause.. so u should find it and challenge it and try to find something else to fill ur hungry and to fill that needs other than practicing such ugly, unlawfull and nonlegal situation.

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