Homosexuality
    Ambiguous
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    Ambiguous
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✖ Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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Research in attittudes towards LGBTQ+ issues in Lebanon have identified a strong opposition to LGBTQ+ rights, reflecting underlying homophobic sentiments.

Lebanon Surveys

Of Lebanese between 15 and 80 years had severe homophobic attitudes.

Views on Homosexuality

of Lebanese people think homosexuality is never justifiable

History

Homosexual activity in Lebanon

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Homosexual activity in Lebanon is ambiguous.

Current status
Since Mar 1, 1943
Ambiguous
Note: Technically illegal, although enforcement is ambiguous.

Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code prohibits sexual relations that “contradict the laws of nature”.

While the law has been used to penalize homosexuality, it has been successfully challenged in court several times with defendants being acquitted. Several courts have also declined to prosecute.

Currently no national law has been passed to repeal Article 534, decriminalize homosexual activity, or clarify the position of the law.

Same-sex marriage in Lebanon

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Same-sex marriage in Lebanon is unrecognized.

Current status
Unrecognized
Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Lebanon. The country does not recognize same-sex marriage or any other form of legal partnership for same-sex couples. There have been some calls for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Lebanon, but the issue remains controversial and there has been no significant movement towards changing the current legal status of same-sex marriage in the country.
Sources:
Conjectural based on status of homosexual activity.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Lebanon

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Lebanon is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
The Lebanese government has vowed to shut down LGBT organizations, while several films have been banned in the country for LGBT content. Although it is not explicitly illegal to promote homosexuality as many LGBT night clubs and bars exist in the country.
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Right to change legal gender in Lebanon

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Right to change legal gender in Lebanon is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since Jan 2016
Legal, but requires surgery
As well as requiring gender reassignment surgery, they must also be unmarried and not have children.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Lebanon

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Lebanon is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
No recognition
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LGBT discrimination in Lebanon

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LGBT discrimination in Lebanon is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections from discrimination.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Lebanon

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LGBT employment discrimination in Lebanon is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Lebanon

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LGBT housing discrimination in Lebanon is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No discrimination protections in housing. Full housing discrimination protection pending.
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Same-sex adoption in Lebanon

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Same-sex adoption in Lebanon is single only.

Current status
Single only
Both married and single individuals may adopt in Lebanon. However, Lebanon does not recognize same-sex marriage.
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Serving openly in military in Lebanon

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Serving openly in military in Lebanon is don't ask, don't tell.

Current status
Since Mar 30, 2019
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
In 2019 a military tribunal acquited four personnel who accused of sodomy. The judge ruled that the law does not specify what acts are "contrary to nature". They were however dismissed from their posts.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Lebanon

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Blood donations by MSMs in Lebanon is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Sexual contact with another male, even once.
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Conversion therapy in Lebanon

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Conversion therapy in Lebanon is not banned.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2013
Not banned
Homosexuality was declassified as an illness in 2013.
The Lebanese Psychiatric Society, the Lebanese Psychological Association, other professional associations and NGOs have called for banning conversion therapy. To date, it is still legal.
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Equal age of consent in Lebanon

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Equal age of consent in Lebanon is n/a.

Current status
Since 2013
N/A
Homosexuality is not legal in Lebanon as of 2023
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LGBT Rights by Province

View the LGBT laws in each individual province of Lebanon.