However, on the night of 14 May, the event's organiser Hadi Damien was arrested during an LGBT+ themed theatre reading in Beirut. He was then taken to a police station, where he was held overnight.
According to Damien, the security forces interrogated him, and pressured him to sign a statement calling off further Beirut Pride events or face charges of 'incitement to immorality' and 'breach of public morality'.
Despite being one of the most liberal countries in the Arab world when it comes to LGBT+ rights, people do still face sporadic police action.
In light of the cancellation, Fatima Fakih, of Human Rights Watch commented:
Official interference with Beirut Pride is an outrageous step backward in a country where the judiciary and some politicians seem to be moving forward on LGBT+ rights. There’s no justification for shutting down cultural events and health and legal workshops in the name of morality.