Beirut's Tourist Season Begins
Among the intrepid travelers heading to Lebanon are gays and lesbians from throughout the Middle East and from other Arab countries, gay Europeans and to a smaller degree gay Americans. After Israel, Lebanon probably has one of the most intriguing nightlife scenes for gay travelers in the Middle East.
With the new Four Seasons, pictured below left, a growing array of bars and clubs available, gay-popular
restaurants, gay galleries, a few big gay events, and even an in-bound gay tour operator available to organize a gay-friendly visit -- Bertho Makso's Leb Tour, which organizes among other tours and events, a gay Arab bear party, the poster for which is pictured at right -- time may be right for visitors from the United States to put Beirut on their must-go gaydar.
Last summer, The New York Times dubbed Beirut "The Provincetown of the Middle East." While you probably won't want to go skipping down Beirut's streets holding your partner's hand as you can in Ptown, it certainly has become a spot where gay locals and visitors feel much more open compared to most other countries in the vicinity.
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