From Beirut to the world: pride, love & prejudice

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OLS 19-20 - From Beirut to the world: pride, love & prejudice

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Hadi Damien was arrested in the middle of Beirut Pride 2018 and placed in custody following the homophobic fabrication of a fake, sensational TV programme that was attributed to Beirut Pride.

He was released after the suspension of the scheduled activities, and the initiation of criminal proceedings against him, relating to the organisation of events that “incite debauchery”.

He will share candidly his reflections on LGBTIQ+ matters and the meaning of Prides, as well as discussing ways to advance so-called LGBTIQ+ rights in Lebanon - a global conversation springing from his personal contribution and experience.

Hadi is the initiator and organiser of Beirut Pride, a global speaker about LGBTIQ+ topics, and the LGBTIQ+ focal point in Lebanon, and has featured in hundreds of articles in 16 languages. He is also an art curator, an event and communications consultant for the private and public sectors, a postgraduate lecturer at Jesuit Saint Joseph University of Beirut and a former member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Culture.