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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: 12/05/2021

Watch Botswana’s queer community rejoice as cruel bid to re-criminalise gay sex fails

The LGBT+ community in Botswana, and indeed around the world, breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday (29 November) after the country’s Court of Appeal upheld the 2019 ruling that decriminalised…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2021

Lewis Hamilton condemns ‘terrifying’ LGBTQ+ laws before Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton has said he is not comfortable competing in Saudi Arabia given its repressive laws regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking before this weekend’s grand prix in Jeddah, Hamilton described the laws…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2021

As anti-LGBTI abuses worsen in Cameroon, even the government admits it

Cameroon says lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are increasingly becoming victims of violence and brutality. The central African state’s government made the comment this week after Human Rights Watch reported…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2021

Ghana’s Anti-LGBTQ Bill Risks Hurting Its Democratic Credentials

(Bloomberg) -- When it comes to cracking down on the LGBTQ community, not much separates Ghana’s two main political parties. A lawmaker from the ruling party has joined seven opposition legislators to…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2021

Qatar 2022 chief says fans from LGBT community are ‘welcome’

The chief executive of Qatar 2022 has attempted to assure football fans from the LGBT community they will be welcomed at next year’s World Cup in the country. The Gulf state, which…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2021

Botswana appeals court upholds ruling that decriminalised gay sex

Botswana's Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalised gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a "true democracy". Monday's decision…

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Aritha Wickramasinghe — Equality Director at iProbono, Sri Lanka

Aritha Wickramasinghe is the Equality Director at iProbono, a globally focused civil society organization that provides legal aid to marginalized individuals and advocates for social equity. Born in Sri Lanka, Aritha earned…

ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

How a Seattle man became a lifeline for persecuted LGBTQ people in other countries

Michael Failla doesn't get much sleep. In the dead of the night, the Seattle resident gets panicked calls and messages from members of the LGBTQ community in the Middle East -- mostly…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

Cameroon Says Citizens Abuse LGBTI People

YAOUNDÉ — Cameroon says lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are increasingly becoming victims of violence and brutality. The central African state’s government made the comment this week after Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Elderly gay couple forced from Toowoomba home by abuse

An elderly gay couple will sell up and leave their Toowoomba home following homophobic abuse. Bruce Gardiner told the Toowoomba Chronicle that he and husband Derek suffered eight years of abuse, vile…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Qtalk has advice for gay man who is attracted to a straight friend

LGBTQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counsellors via the Qtalk app, which is supported by this site and by the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Anderson, a 20-year old…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Gay Australian Footballer ‘Scared’ to Play at World Cup in Qatar

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last month, has revealed he would be scared to play at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar because of the country’s criminalization of homosexuality. The 21-year-old,…

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