Milestones

  • 2019

    • LebMASH held the 3rd annual LGBT Health Week in March 2019.
    • LebMASH offered the LGBT Mental Health Training to 80 healthcare providers.
    • Dr. Aimee Karam received the Leader in LGBT Health Equity Award.
    • LebMASH participated in AUB’s Masters in Public Health Practicum Preceptors’ Meeting. LebMASH welcomed one MPH student who worked an extensive analysis of our HINAD mass media campaign (Homosexuality Is Not A Disease) and its impact in the media.
    • Friends of LebMASH is born! Friends of LebMASH is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization based in New York. Based on the principles of LebMASH, FOLebMASH supports research, awareness and policy based initiatives that advocate for the advancement of the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities from Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East North Africa Region.
    • LebMASH’s president Dr. Suha Ballout, and board member Dr. Omar Fattal presented a poster titled: “First Do No Harm: Examining Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in Lebanon” at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was also attended by Johnny Zakhour, this year’s Break the Silence competition winner.

  • 2018

    • LebMASH held its second LGBT Health Week in March 2018.
    • LebMASH published the LGBT Mental Health manual with the endorsement of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and trained 200 mental health experts in the capital Beirut and different regions in Lebanon.
    • “Homosexuality Is NOT A Disease”, or HINAD, Campaign was launched in a press conference on November 08th, 2018 in Beirut. In an effort to raise awareness on the dangerous and harmful practice of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), which are scientifically unsupported attempts to change one’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual, LebMASH launched this campaign. The month included the launching press conference, TV and radio show appearances, media and social media coverage.
  • 2017

  • 2016

    • LebMASH released its first campaign to target public opinion. “Shu l Sabab”video released to dispel common misconceptions around homosexuality.
    • LebMASH teamed up with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, developed and pilot tested its LGBT Health curriculum.
  • 2015

    • LebMASH launched the Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality Award. Dr. Brigitte Khoury received the first award in 2015.
  • 2014

    • LebMASH secured a 3-year fund for BTS by launching a successful crowdsourcing campaign via Zoomaal.
    • LebMASH cemented the ban on anal testing in Lebanon.

  • 2013

    • LebMASH launched Break The Silence (BTS) Annual Student Grant.
    • LebMASH, LPA (Lebanese Psychological Association) and LPS (Lebanese Psychiatric Society) released historic position statements stating that homosexuality is not a mental illness and any attempt to change one’s sexual orientation is futile and could be harmful.
    • LebMASH held its first Halloween fundraising event in New York City.

  • 2012

    • LebMASH was founded.