|Name Georges Azzi|
|Organization Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality|
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Georges Azzi (born 1979) is the co-founder of Helem, a Lebanese non-profit organization working on improving the legal and social status of LGBT people, and is the executive director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality.
Azzi grew up in Lebanon, but moved to Paris in 1999, where he became involved in LGBTQ activism. As a gay man who had grown up in Lebanon, he wanted to set up a centre in Beirut similar to Paris's LGBTQ Centre, to give LGBTQ people opportunities he had lacked.
Azzi, was the first openly gay activist in the MENA region and has been described as "a prominent activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights" by the Lebanese Daily Star.