This made Lebanon the first Arab country to declassify homosexuality as a "disease".In January 2017, a Lebanese judge challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct.In his ruling, Judge Maalouf referred to a penal code provision protecting freedom of expression, Article 183, which states that, "An act undertaken in exercise of a right without abuse shall not be regarded as an offense." If no harm is done, there is no crime.
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While there were initial reports of government censorship of LGBT themes, there has been a degree of liberalization in recent years.
Lebanon is the first Arab country with its own gay periodical, entitled Barra ("Out" in Arabic).
Members of the LGBT Lebanese community began to publicly campaign for LGBT rights in 2002, with the creation of a political association called Hurriyyat Khassa ("Private Liberties" In English).
The group focused its efforts on reforming Article 534 of the Criminal Code so that private sex acts between consenting adults would no longer be a crime.
In 2009, "Bareed Mista3jil", was published by the Lebanese lesbian Feminist Collective (FC) organization in Beirut.
The organization is also called Nasawiya and is a group of activists who are involved in gender justice work.Upon entering the house, the police found the woman having sexual relations with another woman and charged them both with the crime of sodomy.In 2007, Judge Mounir Suleiman called a halt to a criminal investigation of two men arrested under Article 534.Lebanon's Interior Minister of the Interim Government, Marwan Charbel, supported the mayor of Dekwaneh saying, "Lebanon is opposed to homosexuality, and according to Lebanese law it is a criminal offense." On 11 July 2013, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) released a statement saying that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, they said: "Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities", "The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information".Also, the LPS stated that conversion therapy, seeking to "convert" gays and bisexuals into straights has no scientific background and asked health professionals to "rely only on science" when giving opinion and treatment in this matter.But recently, there was an increase in the acceptance of LGBT people by the society, particularly after the Lebanese National Center for Psychiatry declassified the non-heterosexual sexual orientations as mental disorders, a milestone in the Arabic-speaking world.