Lebanon Kanga Flag
Lebanon Kanga Flag
Kanga Quote translation:
"I’m on the right track baby I was born this way!"- Quote submitted by Alessandro L.
This is the TRTL kanga honoring Lebanon's Queer history.
Homosexual acts are not explicitly illegal in Lebanon, though article 534 of the penal code that criminalizes sexual acts "against the order of nature" is often used by police to harass and arrest the queer community there. However, there have been several court rulings which have found that homosexuality is, in fact, natural, and therefore unprosecutable under that section of the penal code. These rulings have further added to the push by the Queer community in Lebanon to have that article of the penal code removed, and it is this emphasis on queerness being natural and all the freedom it brings that is captured in the kanga's quote that exclaims: "I’m on the right track baby I was born this way!"
There have also been other wins for the Queer community in Lebanon, such as the 2012 ban on forced anal tests that were used by police to "determine if a man was gay". The organisations "Legal Agenda" and "Helem" that worked to make this possible are featured in the center and margin of the kanga, respectively. The kanga also honours the organisation "LebMASH" (or, the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health) that worked with the Lebanese Psychiatric Society to have homosexuality declassified as a mental illness, making Lebanon the first Arab country to do so. Finally, and also in the margin of the kanga, the organisation "Meem" is featured. "Meem" was founded in 2007 as an offshoot of "Helem" and is the first ever lesbian organization established in the Arab World.
This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1 by 1.5 metres.
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