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  • 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: 10/25/2021

Watch: Nigerian LGBTQ+ activists campaigning and demanding to be seen and heard

Now despite the strides towards equality around the world, homosexuality remains a crime in some 69 countries, almost half of them in Africa. But in Nigeria, Africa’s cultural powerhouse, social media is supporting…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2021

Second protest held in Birmingham after homophobic attacks

Dozens of people have staged a second protest in Birmingham following a series of homophobic attacks. Crowds gathered close to the scene of an assault in the city centre two weeks ago…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2021

Gay Afghan Says the Taliban Burned Him, Lives ‘Like a Prisoner’ Now

A gay man from Afghanistan said he was burned by the Taliban. He now lives in hiding out of concern for his safety and said he’s been surprised at the lack of…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

NGOs scramble to dampen COVID-19’s impact on people living with HIV

NEW YORK/PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, Oct 18 (Openly) - South African domestic worker Mabuyi Dlamini always dreaded the bumpy, day-long minibus journey she had to make each month to pick up her HIV…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

Report Details Anti-LGBT Discrimination, Violence in Kenya Refugee Camp

(WB) A new report released on Wednesday indicates nearly all of the LGBT people who live in a Kenya refugee camp have experienced discrimination and violence because of their sexual orientation and/or…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

Ghana president calls for tolerance as parliament considers anti-LGBT+ law

ACCRA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday emphasised the need for civil debate and tolerance as parliament works towards a vote on a controversial bill that would make…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2021

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2021

‘I have accepted my fate’: the hidden abuse in Uganda’s LGBT community – in pictures

In a country where gay sex is against the law, it can be almost impossible for the LGBT community to access services tackling domestic violence – and during the pandemic, lockdowns saw…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2021

LGBT+: Indian medical institutions are asked to amend textbooks with unscientific content

Medical institutions in India should not teach from books that contain content that discriminates against LGBT+ people, the Indian National Medical Commission (NMC) has said. The NMC—India’s regulatory body for medical education…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

HRW calls on Kuwait to stop punitive acts towards transgender Kuwaitis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Kuwait to end its suppression of the LGBTQ community in a report published on Thursday, following the conviction and imprisonment of Maha-al-Mutairi, a transgender woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

Bullying and queerphobia literally change queer people’s genetics, affecting their offspring

Numerous studies have shown how bullying and queerphobia affect LGBTQ people’s physical health, emotional well-being and social functioning. But scientific research on the effects of ongoing trauma suggest that anti-LGBTQ environments can…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2021

Ghana’s parliament to vote on what could be world’s toughest anti-gay laws

A video has emerged in Ghana of a gay man being beaten by a mob and doused in animal blood, as the country's MPs prepare to vote on what critics say could…

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