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Gay Lebanese
activist speaks out on the Israeli-Hezbollah war

Gay Lebanese
activist speaks out on the Israeli-Hezbollah war

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As Israel massed tanks and troops on the Lebanese border Friday in readiness for a likely ground invasion, a Lebanese member of Helem--an Arabic acronym for Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender People--made time for a short interview with The Advocate's sister Web site, Gay.com, about the current situation in Beirut.

As Israel massed tanks and troops on the Lebanese border Friday in readiness for a likely ground invasion, a Lebanese member of Helem--an Arabic acronym for Lebanese Protection for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender People--made time for a short interview with The Advocate's sister Web site, Gay.com, about the current situation in Beirut and what it's like to be gay in wartime. The Helem member wished to remain anonymous. Gay.com: What's happening with gay people there now? Are gay clubs closing? Helem member: Almost all the clubs--gay and non-gay--are closed since the Israeli aggression, so I suppose that means the gay clubs are closed. How is the war affecting gay people in Lebanon? The war is affecting gay people the same way it is affecting straight people for the moment. It is depressing for both gay and non-gay people to see that all the effort Lebanese people have made for the past 15 years has been destroyed within five days. Are gays able to support one another at this time? Helem Lebanon joined a network of NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] working to provide aid for refugees coming to Beirut from south Lebanon and the city's southern suburb. We also suspended our normal activities and transformed our offices to a relief center. Somehow it is nice to see gay and heterosexual people working together to help the refugees. That is all I can say for the moment--but I will provide you with more information when possible. (The Advocate)

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