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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: 03/02/2021

Crowd in Mexico stops gay couple from being arrested as they chant ‘I’m gay too’ at cops

A gay couple were handcuffed by armed police “for kissing” on a beach in Mexico. A series of videos of the incident, posted to Facebook, appear to show police ushering the couple…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2021

In Colombian port town, LGBTQ community faces increasing threats

A main Afro-Colombian port city on Colombia’s western coast, Buenaventura has long been considered one of the most violent places in the country. It was here the “casas de pique” (Spanish for…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2021

BIHAR GOVT TO PATNA HIGH COURT : WILL SET UP SPECIAL TRANS POLICE UNITS IN EACH DISTRICT

In an affidavit submitted to the Patna High Court, Bihar Government has said that it is committed to “respectful representation” of transgender people in public employment, and will set up a separate…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2021

Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against Muslim gay sex ban

The Federal Court of Malaysia has ruled that the state of Selangor has no power to uphold a shariah law that declares it an offense to engage in same-sex intercourse. This decision…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2021

Chechen Court Rules Police Abduction of Two Gay Refugees Is Legal

A court ruled this week that it was legal for Russian police to kidnap two gay men who escaped Chechnya after facing persecution under its anti-LGBTQ+ crackdown. Earlier this month, teen brothers…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2021

The difficulties of being gay in Iran

Police in Iran enter a young man's apartment looking for signs of "misconduct." They rummage through his laundry and check his computer. The young man, who goes by the name of Sahand,…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2021

Transgender Arkansan killed in Pennsylvania

A 24-year-old transgender woman from Springdale was killed Thursday in Pennsylvania , according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Chyna Carrillo's death is at least the seventh killing of a transgender person in…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Anti-gay uproar after Ghana opens its first LGBT+ community centre

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Feb 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-gay outcry has forced Ghana's first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close to protect its staff and visitors three weeks after it…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Homophobia soared in Israel amid coronavirus lockdowns

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobia and transphobia surged by 27% in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic, as lockdowns trapped gay and transgender people at home with abusive families, one of the…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Tunisia: Police Arrest, Use Violence Against LGBTI Activists

(Beirut) – Tunisian security forces have repeatedly targeted protesters, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) activists at protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The targeting involved arbitrary arrests, physical assaults,…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

LGBT people face ‘tsunami of hate’ in Turkey, once a haven of tolerance in the Middle East

Murat has watched for years as LGBT people who face persecution in the Middle East have found refuge in his cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Istanbul. Today, in the face of growing government hostility…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2021

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

There has been a “stark rise” in abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people in the Europe and Central Asia region, including from politicians, says a new report from the International Lesbian,…

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