“Don’t reprimand myself for which we Am”Systemic Discrimination Against Transgender Women in Lebanon

I found myself stopped at a checkpoint in Harissa [a community in north Lebanon] using my friend, a cisgender Syrian girl, who was simply going to. They asked myself, ‘Are you a boy or a female?’ I stated, ‘Girl.’ They required ID, I offered all of them my personal Syrian ID [which says male]. They made me get free from the automobile and substitute the tiny match-box place where in actuality the checkpoint are. They started ridiculing myself, cursing me personally, making enjoyable of me personally. They said, ‘Fuck your mommy who produced you to definitely this world, it’s insufficient that you are Syrian and you’ve invaded all of our nation, you arrive looking like this?’ I will never forget whatever they performed if you ask me. After that at the end of hours of humiliation, one officer hands me his phone number. They’dn’t let me go until my buddy bribed them. [101]

Carmen, a 21-year-old Syrian trans woman, mentioned

I can’t also report my brother towards the authorities. What exactly do I state? He beat myself because i will be trans? They will certainly ridicule me. You will find buddies who’dn’t finished something wrong, they were merely sitting in a cafe, and the authorities arrived, selected all of them up-and closed them right up for six months, some per year, for present. Their unique charges include ‘something against characteristics’ or ‘sodomy.’ [102]

Masa, a 37-year-old Jordanian trans girl, crystallized the condition of revealing for refugees and asylum candidates:

I wouldn’t report an infraction on the police. I would are accountable to NGOs or a hotline, but not towards authorities. Easily get to the authorities station and tell them what happened and report, and so they asked for my personal reports [which present that I am a refugee and trans], any correct that I had would being a crime. I will become the culprit as opposed to the target, instantly. [103]

Individual legal rights see keeps previously reported General Security’s training of arbitrary and prolonged detentions of refugees and asylum candidates exactly who are lacking appropriate paperwork in the united states. [104]

I inquired towards suite and in addition we decided on the cost and anything, I quickly disclosed my personal sex identity, so I don’t make it and acquire ‘outed’ [as trans]. They questioned me personally exactly what trans ways, and I also explained that I recognize as a lady, but I found myself born in a male human body and this we begun my changeover. Their unique reply got: ‘We don’t welcome men like you.’ —Masa, 37-year-old Jordanian transgender woman, Oct 25, 2018 [105]

Masa’s situation is not distinctive. Even though the straight to property is actually acknowledged in worldwide real human rights law as part of the straight to a sufficient quality lifestyle, [106] securing safer construction is a monumental challenge for transgender individuals surviving in Lebanon, which discover different difficulties depending on their unique socioeconomic reputation, refugee condition, and gender phrase. As a result of total absence of shelters that offer emergency casing for trans individuals, these are generally leftover to browse the casual, expensive, and often discriminatory Lebanese housing market on their own.

For Lebanese trans anyone, live within a geographically smaller than average close-knit society implies that parents rejection can spiral outward to a feeling of getting rejected by an entire area, and/or a whole city. Anonymity is actually seldom an option, limiting the extent regarding transportation in familiar spots. For refugees and migrants, without having the family safety net or social networking sites in a foreign nation already positions them in a marginalized condition, and their transgender identification more exacerbates their own predicament, particularly because of the lack of county services or shelters offered to them.

Discrimination by Landlords

Maria, a 23-year-old trans woman from Lebanon, ran away from the girl home in Tarik-Al-Jadida after the lady father defeat the girl around to demise. She mentioned she confronted discrimination while looking for a condo in Beirut:

I became declined as a tenant 2 times. The first time, I went to inquire about availableness at an apartment in Hamra in Beverly One, it’s like a hotel. I had been at a celebration the night time earlier, so I have my fingernails done and there got a bit of eyeliner nonetheless under my attention. We got rid of the nail polish and makeup and outfitted straight. The landlord’s spouse mentioned, ‘Okay, if you’re a decent and good individual and don’t reason any troubles.’ She acknowledged me personally because she’s a female. Subsequently her partner arrived, and said, ‘Look at your, he’s a faggot, I would personally never ever rent out to a bit of garbage like your.’ Their spouse contended with him: ‘But the guy didn’t arrive here drugged right up or with a gun on their waistline, the guy emerged searching respectable and that I don’t love their appearance, I value how the guy conversed with me. We don’t care and attention just what the guy do in private, provided that the guy doesn’t create noise or bother the neighbors, it’s not one your businesses.’ Although property owner begun yelling and banged me personally on. [107]


Maria’s testimony reflects the social stigma faced by transgender individuals in Lebanon, which typically cannot and quite often cannot desire to fit the male/female sex digital and are also therefore regarded as a menace to heteronormative conceptions of “appropriate” gender representation. Maria continuing:

The next energy I became declined was a student in Ma’ameltein. We were wanting to lease a condo about first floor in a building that has a nightclub in its basements. The landlord refused to let us lease the first-floor apartment because if we embark on the balcony, people will discover us, and he mentioned, ‘Your look is actually abnormal, I don’t want a headache.’ [108]

Roro, a 27-year-old transgender lady from Lebanon, was a student in the process of looking an apartment during the time of the girl meeting with people legal rights view. She said:

The other day, I inquired this woman who published a flat for rent inside the building behind us, once she spoken to the girl husband in the interphone, he stated, ‘No method, normally men.’ The spouse answered: ‘I’m sure, she’s transitioning.’ He mentioned, ‘Never, they’re banned to rent right here though goodness descends to world.’ [109] we confronted him and mentioned, ‘Have some esteem, specially at the era.’ Whenever they revealed I’m a trans woman, they rejected. [110]