Helem center in Mar Mkhayel, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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After a two-year hiatus, Helem – a Lebanese NGO that works to protect the LGBTQ community and highlight issues affecting them – has opened a new space in the heart of Mar Mikhael.Now, Helem operates fully out of its new center in a Mar Mikhael apartment. The center offers social space, as well as services and activities for the local LGBTQ community. In addition to being a social space, and a hub of activism, patrons as well as the wider LGBTQ community in Lebanon have come to rely on Helem for legal assistance.Although Lebanon is often considered among the least conservative and most tolerant countries in the Arab region for the LGBTQ community, there are still numerous legal and social issues.
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