The Meem Community Activities
Lebanese Protection for LGBT
What is Meem?
Meem is a
community of and for LBTQ women in Lebanon. LBTQ is
defined as women who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual,
transgender (including male-to-female and
female-to-male), queer, in addition to women questioning
their sexual orientation. We believe in diversity.
based on values of equality, support, confidentiality,
and respect. The group was created on the idea that
women should be encouraged to empower themselves and
each other through mutual support. We are a closed,
private group, not out of fear, but because we work hard
on guarding the safety and security of our members. We
believe in empowerment through self-organizing.
Our goal is
to create a safe space in Lebanon where lesbians can
meet, talk, discuss issues, share experiences, and work
on improving their lives and themselves. In a nutshell,
Meem is a group of really cool women who look out for
each other and work on making Lebanon a better home for
lesbians. Oh, and we are really cool :)
in Meem is restricted only to LBTQ women who are
Lebanese (anywhere in the world) or living in Lebanon
(of any nationality). These restrictions are there
because a support group needs to remain focused. Meem
started with 4 members and today has 194 members.
the name "Meem" stand for?
name “Meem” is derived from the Arabic letter
“m” which stands for “majmouaat mou'azara
lil-mar’a al-mithliya” (a support
group for lesbian women). In Arabic, the letter
looks like this:
letter "meem" as an initial for the word lesbian
(mithliya) also symbolizes the anonymity of
lesbians in the Arab world. Plus, we love how
the logo combines the Arabic letter with the
female symbol :)
however, working on providing support services for
lesbians all over the Arab world, and we do welcome
emails and inquiries from anyone, regardless of gender,
sexuality, and geography.