Lebanese demonstrator holds a sign reading "Together for the elimination of tests of shame, these tests are rape" during a protest against anal "tests" on men suspected of homosexuality and so-called "virginity tests" for women in Beirut on August 11, 2012. (AFP Photo / Anwar Amro)

Stop Shame Tests in Lebanon Police stations


Five men were dragged to a police station where a forensic doctor was called to “medically assess” their sexual orientation! The men were exposed to an anal test by inserting an egg-shaped metallic instrument in the anus to “check” if they were gay…. Read More ›

Dr. Hasan Abdessamad - Proud Lebanon - LebMASH

4 key events in Beirut for LGBT health


I will present to you four medical events/conferences planned by or in collaboration with the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health – LebMASH in Beirut, Lebanon during the last week of May 2014. May 24, 2014: The Lebanese Psychological Association… Read More ›

From Left to Right: Dr. Desi Bailey (GLMA past president), Dr. Hasan Abdessamad (LebMASH president), Dr. Omar Fattal (LebMASH co-founder & executive board member)

LebMASH: breaking the silence about LGBT & sexual health in Lebanon


Below is an edited video of the LebMASH workshop that Dr. Omar Fattal and I presented last year at GLMA‘s 31st annual conference in Denver, Colorado, USA on Sept. 19, 2013. Titled: “Breaking the Silence about LGBT & sexual health in Lebanon: The work… Read More ›

Dr. Hasan Abdessamad - World Bank

The Economist’s editorial on our World Bank’s advocacy is misguided


THE ECONOMIST ran a misleading editorial recently arguing that “the World Bank’s focus on gay rights is misguided” (“Right cause, wrong battle“, April 12th). Today, The Economist posted the letter that gender & SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression) activists/leaders, sent… Read More ›

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