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Gender Identity, Intersex,
Transgender, Transexual

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Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Courts & Tribunals

On 15 January 2016, it was reported that Judge Jeanette Hanna for the Court of Appeal issued a narrow verdict (number 1123/2015) on 03 September granting a transgender man the right to change his sex in the civil registry on account of his own gender identification, saying there is a civil right to sex reassignment to relieve a person from psychological and social suffering. She also underlined the right to privacy. Under Lebanese law, trans persons must complete gender reassignment surgery to petition for a change in status [R1.1].

R1.1 TheDailyStar (Subscription): Lebanese judge grants trans man right to change gender 15 JAN 16
Health, Medical Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [GENDER IDENTITY]
1.

National

On 11 July 2013, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society stated that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, ruling that “conversion therapy” (Ex-Gay), seeking to “convert” gays into straights has no scientific backing. [R1.1].

R1.1 HuffPostGayVoices: Doctors ban anal exam used to charge men with homosexuality 12 JUL 13
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [HEALTH, MEDICAL]
1.

National

Under the Penal Code of 1943, as amended in 2003 -

Article 534. "All sexual intercourses contradicting to nature are punished from 3 months up to 1 year, additionally to a penalty between 200 and 1,000,000 Lebanese Liras" [R1.4].

The law is applicable to all same-sex sexual activity, irrespective of whether the activity is between consenting adults and in private [R1.3].


On 01 September 2012, justice minister Shakib Qortbawi, demanded an end to the use of anal probe exams used find out if men are gay [R1.2].

On 07 August 2012, the Order of Physicians issued a circular telling doctors they will face disciplinary measures if they carry out anal examinations ordered by the judiciary intended to provide evidence of homosexuality [R1.1].

2.

Courts & Tribunals

In January 2014, Judge Naji al-Dahdah cleared a transsexual woman of having a same-sex relationship with a man, ruling that Article 534, which criminalizes “unnatural sexual intercourse” is not valid and did not provide a clear interpretation of what was considered unnatural [R2.1].

R1.4 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF MAY 08
R1.3 Lebanese Daily Star: Two lesbians arrested for 'unnatural' sex 23 AUG 02
R1.2 GayStarNews: Lebanon justice minister says anal probe exams must end 01 SEP 12
R1.1 The Daily Star: Doctors ban anal exam used to charge men with homosexuality 08 AUG 12
R2.1 TheDailyStar: Landmark ruling rubbishes anti-gay law in Lebanon 05 MAR 14

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