16.5.11

Gay Beirut? An unlikely travel destination for GLBT travel!

Gay Travel: Beirut, Lebanon

It may seem an unlikely vacation destination for us gay and lesbian travelers, but Beirut is starting to give Tel Aviv a run for its money as the hottest gay and lesbian travel hot spot.
Whilst Tel Aviv has long had a reputation for being a gay friendly destination, neighboring Beirut,Lebanon is very much the new gay kid on the block.
We have recently seen an increase in the number of gay and gay friendly tour operators working in Beirut, attracting visitors from all over the world.  Their efforts are starting to position the city as a alternative gay destination in the region.  Gay visitors to the region will find a wealth of gay friendly clubs and bars sitting alongside the history of the area.
All sounds good so far, the catch is homosexuality is illegal in Lebanon, making this an interesting choice for gay and lesbian holidaymakers.  Personally I feel very uncomfortable visiting a place in which my way of life is frowned upon.  The law banning homosexual act is very rarely enforced, but still I don’t want to find myself up on a charge for being intimate with my partner!
Gay and lesbian tour operators are warning  their clients to not display certain behaviors when out in public, so basically come on vacation and don’t think about relaxing and being yourself.  Obviously you need to balance your own norms of behavior with cultural norms, and should never go out of your way to offend someone, but not being yourself on vacation seems a little strange.
Compare this with Tel Aviv and you will find these locations are worlds  apart in catering for gay and lesbian tourists, here you will find gay beaches, open gay bars and great gay nightclubs that don’t pretend to be anything else.

-MyHoligay.com

2 comments:

  1. There is no competition whatsoever between Beirut and Tel Aviv. We're pretty relaxed here and enjoy it to the max and our nightclubs are laidback and don't pretend to be something else , we just don't live in a ghetto and many gay places are straight friendly and vice versa.
    Tourists who visit us are different and we're glad to offer something different. So stop being jealous.

    Kisses from sexy Beirut :D

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  2. If the borders were open between israel and lebanon, both countries would benifit a lot!
    The thing is lebanon is likewise in many other places. Some people don't like to see a gay kiss on the street, although u see it a lot at night on the streets in gemayze or hamra by the so called straight bars because the gay community in lebanon is huge and spread all over the city and being gay became something normal especially for the young adults.

    but a gay kiss in baalbek for instance is different than a gay kiss in beirut if you kow what i mean, weird but lesbians are more socially accepted than gays.
    one day borders will open and both countries will flourish!
    peace
    -boy-from-beirut-

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