Helem leads a peaceful struggle for the liberation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered (LGBT), and other persons with non-conforming sexuality or gender identity in Lebanon from all sorts of violations of civil, political, economic, social, or cultural rights.
Identity Helem (the Arabic acronym of "Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders"), is a non-governmental non-profit organization. It presented its notification of association to the Lebanese Ministry of Interior on 4 September 2004. Although it focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, Helem's membership is open to any person who shares our values based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Helem is also strongly opposed to any kind of segregation, both in the services it offers or in the struggle it leads.
Goals Helem's primary goal is the annulment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code which punishes "unnatural sexual intercourse". This law is primarily used to target persons with non-conforming sexuality or gender identity, through the violation of privacy and by denial of basic human rights. The abolishment of this law, along with other laws that criminalize non-conforming sexuality or gender identity, will help reduce state and societal persecution and pave the way to achieving equality for the LGBT community in Lebanon. Another main objective is to counter the AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted diseases while advocating for the rights of patients and combatting stigma.
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