Under the caption "Love wins", a Lebanese singer/songwriter announced his marriage to his boyfriend, sparking mixed reactions online. 

Nicolas Chalhoub, who is now based in Spain, took to social media to share photos of his union with his Spanish partner, Javier Kol.

This comes while members of the LGBTQI+ community in Lebanon continue to face social stigma as well as the threat of prosecution.

Chalhoub posted a photo - in which he is seen kissing his lover - on all of his social media accounts, while his Instagram story gave fans a glimpse of the ceremony. 

Back in February, Chalhoub posted a photo depicting two hands with engagement rings with a caption that read, "At the end, love wins," implying that he had gotten engaged.

Who is Nicolas Chalhoub?

The independent singer/songwriter, whose work is a combination of alternative, indie, and pop music, studied Oriental Chant at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Lebanon. 

He debuted his professional career in 2014 when he released his first album "Am Bechbah Hali," which includes eight songs in Arabic and one in Spanish.

His lyrics often tackle topics that are considered taboos in Arab communities, including homosexuality. 

"He has always been keen to highlight taboos of the Lebanese and Arab society, such as homosexuality, women's freedom, stereotyping, old age, obesity, loneliness, deafness... insisting on everyone's right to be different, and highlighting the importance of loving and accepting ourselves in an ever changing society," his Facebook account reads.

Here's how social media users reacted to the news:

"Congrats to this courageous young man"

It sparked debates about LGBTQI+ rights

"Congratulations. Here's hoping we start respecting each other's personal freedoms instead of violating the rights of other people, even verbally. Same-sex marriage is a personal freedom and we can't force people to live the way we want them to."

Some are calling for the legislation of same-sex marriage

Celebratory emojis ensued

Unsurprisingly, negative and degrading comments came pouring in

"God forgive them because they don't realize what they're doing."


But supporters were quick to hit back

Members of the LGBTQI+ community continue to struggle in Lebanon, but there's a glimmer of hope

Social stigma and misconceptions surrounding the homosexual community remain a pervasive problem throughout Lebanon. 

LGBTQI+ individuals face societal discrimination as well as the threat of prosecution under the infamous Article 534, which says sexual acts that "contradict the laws of nature" can be punished by up to one year in prison. 

This paves the way for authorities to harass, arrest, and imprison LGBTQI+ individuals.

However, the community has recently seen a glimmer of hope, with some court rulings setting a precedent against using the law to target the LGBTQI+ community.

Additionally, the country's recent parliamentary elections saw nearly 100 Lebanese politicians openly support LGBTQI+ rights and call for the decriminalization of homosexuality.