LGBT people are living in fear after the Lebanese Interior Ministry's hate speech against them, and the European Commission has decided to sue Hungary over its anti-LGBT law.

LGBT Community In Lebanon Faces Setback

Nour never truly felt secure in Lebanon as a gay person. However, in recent years, the 25-year-old pharmacist had started to let his guard down, meeting up with pals in LGBT-friendly areas of Beirut and even appearing in drag performances.

He now chooses to remain at home out of more concern for his safety as a result of a flood of anti-LGBT hate speech that followed the Lebanese Interior Ministry's decision to ban any gatherings meant to promote "sexual perversion" last month.

According to Channel News Asia, the setback is a component of a larger crackdown on disadvantaged people's rights and freedoms, which activists claim is intended to divert attention away from Lebanon's escalating economic and financial crises, which have pushed more than three-quarters of the country's population into poverty.

While tens of thousands have fled the nation in pursuit of chances overseas, millions of people in the formerly middle-income country still suffer from skyrocketing prices, widespread power outages, and medical shortages.

 

EU Executive To Sue Hungary Over Anti-LGBT Law

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In the most recent conflict over principles that may jeopardize the unity of the European Union, the European Commission decided to sue Hungary over its anti-LGBT law and its refusal to extend the license of Klubradio, a broadcaster critical of the government.

The two cases are the latest in a long line of tense disputes over human rights and Democratic principles between Viktor Orban, the populist prime minister of Hungary, and the liberal EU core.

"The European Commission today decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU over a Hungarian law which discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity," said the EU's executive, according to Reuters.

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