• Protection and Safety

    Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people live in fear for their physical safety. In countries that criminalize LGBTI sexuality, identity, or gender expression, governments may incarcerate LGBTI people in dangerous prisons. Several governments punish LGBTI people with torture and execution. LGBTI people are also vulnerable to abuse outside of government punishment. Many are forced to leave their homes. When they have to flee their countries, LGBTI people often find that there are few services available for refugees and asylum seekers, and those that exist may fail to serve LGBTI clients with respect and care.

ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Niger leader plans to outlaw gay sex, execute married same-sex couples

The president of the West African nation of Niger is laying the groundwork for enacting harsh anti-homosexuality laws in his country, where same-sex intimacy is currently legal. He proposes the death penalty…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Plans for anti-LGBT bylaws raise specter of persecution

State-sponsored discrimination looks to be on the rise in the country ahead of the 2024 general elections, with plans to enact new anti-LGBT bylaws in several regions gaining traction after the mayor…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

Cameroonian transgender activist arrives in Belgium after receiving asylum

A transgender activist from Cameroon has arrived in Belgium, where she was given asylum. Despite suffering violent attacks, she had to spend over a year in exile in Nigeria while her claim…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

LGBTQ GHANAIANS FACE ATTACKS FOLLOWING ANTI-GAY BILL

One calm evening last November, Kwaku Frimpong was heading to the premiere of Black Panther in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, when a policeman stopped their Uber. Frimpong thought it was one of…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

How Uganda’s anti-gay law fell through in 2014

When Mr David Bahati fronted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the House back in 2009, it seemed destined to cause uproar both at home and abroad. As indeed it did. In the Bill,…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2023

Protesters gather again outside Santee YMCA over locker room access for transgender residents

More than 100 people gathered Saturday outside the Santee YMCA to protest rules allowing transgender residents access to the locker rooms of their choice, a smaller crowd than had met earlier in…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

North Dakota Anti-LGBTQ Bill Would Imprison Librarians for Not Removing Books

Republican lawmakers in North Dakota have introduced a bill that would jail librarians for keeping books on their shelves that include images depicting gender identity or sexual orientation. House Bill 1205, introduced…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Veto of Scottish transgender rights bill sparks constitutional crisis

Britain is mired in yet another constitutional row this week after the United Kingdom government took the unprecedented step of vetoing Scottish legislation that sought to reform gender identity laws. The Gender…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Utah Senate approves controversial transgender youth bills

The Utah Senate has pushed through two bills affecting Utah’s transgender community. SB16 would ban gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy for minors and SB93 would prevent issuing a gender-amended birth certificate to…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Chechnya’s top homophobe urges anti-LGBT Arabs to fight in Ukraine

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a direct line broadcast for the first time in English and Arabic, addressed the Arab world and all Muslims with an offer to participate in…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

Lesbian who fled Ghana spared jail after working illegally as nurse during Covid-19 pandemic

Eunice Owusu had no choice but to escape her abusive arranged marriage after her sexuality was disclosed against her will to her employer, Teeside Crown Court heard, with her lawyer John Nixon…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2023

The unprotected: Police offer scant safety for Azerbaijan’s LGBTQ+ community

Emily Hajizadeh, a 20-year-old trans woman, feels like she is surrounded by threats. “I constantly receive threatening messages and phone calls from my family and relatives, warning me that I will be…

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