• 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: 05/28/2023

Author Arinze Ifeakandu shines a light on gay Nigerian lives

Nigerian author Arinze Ifeakandu has often dreamed of a society where gay people do not have to hide their love or live in fear of homophobic hate. But LGBTQ+ people are pushing…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2023

When Your Sexuality Is Against the Law

When Abdul was a teenager and coming to terms with being gay, he was attacked by a group of men. They mocked him with homophobic slurs and assaulted him with broken beer…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2023

A Growing Number of LGBTQ+ Russians Seek Refuge from War, Discrimination in Argentina

Anastasia Domini and wife Anna Domini walked hand in hand on a recent sunny day in Argentina’s capital while their four restless children played nearby. It’s a common sight in a country…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2023

Homophobia Is Part of Putin’s War Plan

As Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Ukraine’s invasion on Feb. 24 last year, he digressed to talk about how the West was trying to destroy “traditional values” and impose LGBTQ attitudes that…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2023

Italian government’s anti-LGBT rhetoric blamed for brutal beating of trans woman in Milan

A video of a trans woman in Milan being pepper sprayed, kicked and beaten by three police officers has caused a stir in Italy, with many drawing a link between the incident…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2023

Vermont’s GOP Governor Shock: Protects Trans Care, Abortion Rights

Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, is going against his party by protecting access to gender-affirming care and abortion instead of restricting or banning the procedures. Without much fanfare, this month Scott signed…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2023

Namibia: Drag event cancelled amid anti-LGBTQ+ backlash

The organisers of Drag Night Namibia have made the difficult decision to cancel their event due to concerns for the safety of the LGBTQ+ community. “Our hearts are heavy as we share the…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Overturning British colonial-era ‘buggery’ law ‘first step’ to protecting LGBTQ+ people in Guyana

Overturning a British colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality is just the “first step in a series of legal challenges” needed to protect LGBTQ+ people in Guyana. Joel Simpson, managing director of SASOD Guyana,…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2023

Pakistan Federal Shariat Court rules against landmark transgender rights legislation

The Pakistani Federal Shariat Court struck down major portions of the landmark Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act Friday. The court, which determines whether laws comply with Islamic doctrine, ruled that the…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2023

Brutal assault caught on video exposes ‘increasingly unsafe’ Ireland for LGBTQ+ youth

Video of a brutal attack on a schoolboy in Ireland, which went viral on social media, has exposed the "increasingly unsafe" situation for LGBTQ+ young people in the country. The video, which police…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2023

LGBTQI+ repression in East Africa: ‘They say that Westerners are turning us gay’

Koei lives in a permanent state of tension. A baby-faced young man in his early-20s, he works in an insurance agency on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. But he…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2023

Homophobic attacks in France rose almost 30 percent last year, LGBTQ group says

Last year saw an increase in gay and trans people reporting physical attacks in France, an activist group said on Tuesday, warning that anti-LGBTQ sentiment remains “anchored” in society. SOS Homophobie (SOS…

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