Despite some encouraging recent judicial decisions, homosexuality is still illegal in Lebanon. Nevertheless, there’s a thriving – if clandestine – gay scene in Beirut. Gay-friendly cafes, bars and clubs include B 018, Posh and Madame Om.
There have been spells of police harassment of gay men in Beirut, with the arrests of patrons in some hammams and cinemas. There were also reports of invasive body searches being perpetrated on men in police custody. Before attending known gay venues, check the current situation with Helem (www.helem.net), a protection organisation for LGBTIQ people.