Non-governmental organization (NGO), Lebanon

Helem (or “Dream” in Arabic), is the first LGBTQIA+ rights organization in the Arab world, officially established in Beirut, Lebanon in 2004.


Its mission is to lead a peaceful struggle for the liberation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Intersex, Transgenders, Queer (LGBTQIA+), and other individuals with non-conforming sexualities and/or gender identities in Lebanon and the MENA region from all sorts of violations of their individual and collective civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.

Goals / objectives

Helem is fueled by its mission to empower young LGBTQIA+ leaders to lead their liberation. It utilizes a grassroots and community-based approach that leverages diversity as strength, not weakness, and seeks to create a holding environment where that diversity can be turned into effective action.

To do this, Helem works to provide protection for queer individuals in crisis and empower them through education and communal bonding. Helem’s ultimate aim is to create power and mobilize the community to solve public problems while intervening to disrupt the status quo that had thus far denied LGBTQIA+ people an equitable and dignified life.


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