This Lebanese hotel featured LGBTQ+ women in its Valentine's Day ad and people are elated
Phoenicia Hotel Beirut launched a Define Love campaign with a short, yet powerful minute long video.
The ad begins by asking what love is, then going on to showing the different types of love; love for food, love between pets and humans, between parent and child and romantic lovers. But one scene in particular caught the attention of many, two girls exchanging flirtatious glances.
People were elated. A group so underrepresented, with their love being deemed sinful and unnatural is finally not only being recognised, but celebrated.
But Proud Lebanon Director Bertho Makso said that Beirut Pride - which kicked off in May with an exhibition on gender fluidity in fashion - would go ahead in spite of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon declaring "war on homosexuality".
Before that, organisers had to cancel a seminar on discrimination against the LGBT community for "security reasons" after Islamists threatened to hold demonstrations outside the event.
The ultra-conservative Salafist group posted what it called "the last warning" on its Facebook page on Sunday, and demanded police ban the conference which it labelled a "crime against virtue".
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