There has been an uproar recently about an incident that took place in Kayan, a popular bar in the Gemayze district of Beirut… more »
New Publication Provides Analysis on Article 534
Helem’s latest publication, Only 534, offers a concise and informative analysis of article 534 of the Lebanese penal code, which criminalizes “unnatural sexual intercourse”. Following Nizar Saghieh’s excellent legal analysis of the application of article 534 published by Helem earlier this year (link), this booklet aims to distill some of the most relevant ideas in a manner that is clear, accessible, and useful for LGBTs in Lebanon. It is also unique in pushing forward very explicit rights-based language for issues of sexual orientation (and to a lesser degree) gender identity.
Inside a smokeless New York bar,
I sip my drink
And watch her
pretend not to notice.