Activists for LGBTQ rights ride in boats near Raouche rocks in Beirut, May 17, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Activists for LGBTQ rights and their supporters flew rainbow flags around Beirut Friday in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A group of activists chartered two boats and circled Raouche's Pigeon Rocks early Friday morning flying the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ movement and the pink, blue and white transgender flag.Abdallah said close to 20 embassies joined the action. Some had done so in the past while others participated for the first time, including Mexico, Cyprus and Uruguay.A number of international authorities also voiced their support on social media. However, at the same time, a number of events organized by LGBTQ groups have continued to face crackdowns by authorities.
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