Sun, Nov 11, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Dream for equality

Lebanon may be more forward-thinking than neighboring countries where homosexuality is punishable by death, but equal rights group Helem feels it's still less than ideal

By Ines Bel Aiba  /  AFP , BEIRUT

As for lesbians, they have double the trouble.

"Make no mistake - Lebanon is a country of macho and conservative people where women are considered inferior and are discriminated against," said 25-year-old Nadine, a member of Meem, an association that supports lesbian rights.

"The Lebanese want to show the Arab world that they are open-minded. But most young people generally carry the conservative ideas of their parents," she said. "If my parents do not let me go out it is not because I am gay, it's because I'm a woman."

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