2004 Activism

A proliferation in organisations advocating LGBTIQ, sexual, and bodily rights

With the establishment of Helem in 2004, the first LGBTIQ organisation in Lebanon and the region, many organisations focusing on sexual diversity and rights followed suit. Helem was conceived out of a momentum created by the meeting of the Anti-War & Anti-Globalisation Movement. The movement is comprised of “social movements, organisations, political parties, networks, and coalitions from 54 countries who are struggling for global peace and justice, and who are committed to equality, solidarity, and diversity.” They gathered in Beirut to express solidarity with the people in the region fighting for these principles.