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Lebanon’s LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday (May 16). The second edition of Beirut Pride had started on Saturday with a concert starring “Alsarah and the Nubatones”, a band fronted by a Brooklyn-based Sudanese singer. The week-long event was to include cultural events, talks and readings aimed at raising awareness, minus the extravagant parades held at Pride events elsewhere. But Lebanon’s General Security agency stopped a reading set for Monday evening and summoned festival organiser Hadi Damien for questioning, he said in a statement.

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