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Lebanon becomes first of the Arab Levant to legalize gender maker changes

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Lebanon becomes first of the Arab Levant to legalize gender maker changes

2015 was indeed a bad year for the Arab transgender community. Media’s new hot topic, transgender issues resulted in shows making special episodes about us, but mostly in a bad way. In the streets, Trans people were being attacked and humiliated, several videos on the internet were showing what the word transphobia really means.

But as 2015 ended, 2016 started with good news, to be more specific, great news! Lebanon, that small country in the Arab Levant became the first of those Arab countries to give the legal right to their trans citizens to change their gender as decided by the Court of Appeal.

A case of a trans man in Beirut has landed into the hands of judge Janet Hanna, and while examining the case, three basic rights were confirmed by the judge Hanna:

1- The right to change gender to relieve psychological and social suffering.

2- The right to access treatment for gender conditions.

3- The right to privacy.

“The person’s right to receive the necessary treatment to relieve the suffering from physical and mental illness is a fundamental and natural right, no one can deprive him of it” said judge Hanna

Many has described 2015 to be the year of trans visibility, but not for Arab countries, would 2016 be the start of a new era for transgender rights in Arab world?

For more about the story, please visit the source article by MTV Lebanon here.


Maya Anwar
I am a Jordanian trans-woman. Writing has always been more than a hobby, it was my passion, the thing I do to express myself and let my feeling live, it was my special world. Now, I am trying to utilize my writing skills to help the transgender community in the Arab and Muslim world. I want to give a chance to our conservative societies to understand us, accept us, and treat us like any other society member.


  1. […] Recently we heard that Lebanon started to address the gender change in the official documents which is  a big step to the trans right in the Arab countries. But surprisingly in an unprecedented episode, the Lebanese Army conducted a series of raids in a house used by gay and trans refugees, in Jounieh, a northern suburb of Beirut. A Syrian refugee trans woman was arrested in those raids by the police who spat on her and they tied her to a chair for three days asking her to have a sex with them! […]


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