The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health – LebMASH just sent out a press release in response to an interview with psychologist Dr. Nabil Khoury about homosexuality. The interview was hosted by Sahar Zoghaib and aired on OTV on June 6 2013.
Instead of correcting prevalent misconceptions about homosexuality, Dr. Khoury appeared to reinforce stereotypes and propagate myths that has long been scientifically refuted.
The lesbian and gay community in Lebanon is already marginalized. Article 534 of the Lebanese penal code is misinterpreted and has been used to criminalize gay individuals. As for womyn, before even talking about homosexual activity, any sexual activity is condemned socially and can be criminalized. Lesbian and gay individuals, as well as sexually active unmarried womyn, already feel the healthcare system in Lebanon is hostile and thus they avoid it.
Watching a psychologist on national TV failing to perform an up to date review of the medical and scientific literature before an interview is unprofessional to say the least and verges on the edge of being dangerous from a public health perspective.
For more details, read LebMASH’s Press Release and consider sharing widely.