The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health – LebMASH just sent out a press release in response to an interview with psychiatrist 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 psychiatrist 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.
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The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH), in response to the interview conducted with Dr. Nabil Khoury by OTV on June 6th, 2013 would like to clarify the following:
The use of the terms “louti” (derogatory Arabic slang for gay) and “sou7ak” (derogatory Arabic slang for lesbian) is offensive and further alienates lesbian and gay individuals in Lebanon.
We call on all health care professionals in Lebanon to refrain from using such terms. The terms milthi (gay) and mithliyya (lesbian) are the appropriate, non-judgmental terms to use when discussing members of the gay and lesbian community. It is our duty as health care providers to help people attain healthier lives. Using derogatory terms to describe a group of individuals in our society fuels the abuse, bullying, prejudice, and discrimination to which this group is already subjected to…
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